As reported by Censor.NET citing Reuters, just as Tillerson sat down for talks, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov assailed the "primitiveness and loutishness" of U.S. rhetoric, part of a volley of statements that appeared timed to maximize the awkwardness during the first visit by a member of Trump's cabinet.
"I won't hide the fact that we have a lot of questions, taking into account the extremely ambiguous and sometimes contradictory ideas which have been expressed in Washington across the whole spectrum of bilateral and multilateral affairs," Lavrov said.
"And of course, that's not to mention that apart from the statements, we observed very recently the extremely worrying actions, when an illegal attack against Syria was undertaken."
Lavrov also noted that many key State Department posts remain vacant since the new administration took office -- a point of sensitivity in Washington.
As reported, Tillerson traveled to Moscow on April 11 with a joint message from Western powers that Russia should withdraw its support for Assad after a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized economies also attended by Middle East allies. Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday trust had eroded between the United States and Russia under President Donald Trump.