The United States and Russian Federation on Wednesday both presented souring views of the relationship between their two countries, exchanging sharp words as Moscow extended an icy welcome to the United States' top diplomat in a face-off over Syria.
"I expressed the view that the current state is at a low point", Tillerson said in introductory remarks before taking questions from reporters in Moscow.
Adding:"The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship".
Russia and the United States agreed to set up a working group to try to mend their battered ties on Wednesday after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held lengthy talks in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin and the Russian foreign minister. We further discussed approaches to improving our channels of communication.
Asked if the meeting at the Kremlin marked any positive change, Mr Peskov said: "Too early yet".
One such issue is North Korea. "And we have said to them 'Show us the evidence for these slanderous attacks'". Russian-backed rebels continue to clash with Ukrainian government forces.
He said the US attack on the Syrian air base "was carried out in violation of global norms".
Tillerson also raised the possibility that Russian Federation could be sanctioned further if tampering in the USA presidential election is proven.
"The results will not come quickly", Lavrov said.
Mr Putin's decision to host Mr Tillerson signalled Moscow's intent to maintain communication with the U.S. even as the countries bash each other publicly in louder and louder tones.
According to Reuters, the Russian president said his country's relationship with the United States has "deteriorated" under Trump, "especially on the military level".
That candid assessment by America's top diplomat reflected the former Cold War foes' inability to forge greater cooperation, as President Donald Trump until recently has advocated. "It lasted for more than two hours".
The shape of these relations will also greatly influence the region, which watches with interest the spar between the two giants pumped up by too much ego and with too many interests vested to make them pliant. Russian Federation is Syria's most powerful ally. "We're going to see how that all works out", Trump said.
He said Moscow was ready to resume a deal with Washington to avoid incidents in Syrian airspace as the two countries lead separate bombing campaigns. "So that certain interests and constituencies that he represents feel they have been represented at the negotiating table for a political solution".