MOSCOW — Relations between the U.S. and Russia are "in their worst period since the end of the Cold War," the Kremlin said Tuesday only hours before America's top diplomat was due to visit.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to travel to Russia from the G-7 summit in Italy later Tuesday for a meeting with his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov — an encounter that takes place against a backdrop of escalating tensions.
Even before President Donald Trump's top envoy left Italy, Russia's foreign ministry issued a statement calling for the "normalization of bilateral relations" with the U.S. and citing a "long list of irritants created by Washington."