Moscow — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov began talks in Moscow amid heightened tensions after the Trump administration accused the Kremlin of trying to cover up a chemical-weapons attack by its Syrian ally Bashar al-Assad. With the Kremlin still not saying whether President Vladimir Putin will meet Tillerson, the top US diplomat’s first visit to Russia since Donald Trump’s election began on Wednesday with a handshake and a demand from Lavrov for clarity on their relationship and the direction of US foreign policy. "Over the past few months, we heard a lot of things from Washington regarding the current state and outlook for these relations," Lavrov told Tillerson. "I will be frank and say that we have a lot of questions regarding the very ambiguous and contradictory ideas on a whole range of bilateral and international issues." The meeting comes "at an important moment in the relationship so that we can further clarify areas of common o...

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