"We are sorry to hear that documents keep leaking from the (Trump) administration, though it shows that Russian Federation keeps doing its best to normalize relations", the official said.
The proposal, BuzzFeed wrote, called for the U.S. to restore all channels - diplomatic, military and intelligence - that had been cut following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and intervention in Syria. -Russian relationship, which would have normalized diplomatic, military and intelligence relations, according to a document provided to the State Department by a Russian diplomat.
Putin didn't waste time after Trump won the presidency: He dispatched a diplomat to deliver the plan only three months after Inauguration Day.
These are hard days for US diplomacy.
The U.S. and Russia have become increasingly wary of each other after Russian-backed hackers interfered in the 2016 election.
Asked about the report, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert would neither confirm nor deny its accuracy.
"This document represents nothing less than a road map for full-scale normalization of US-Russian relations", said Andrew Weiss, the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "It just ignores everything that caused the relationship to deteriorate and pretends that the election interference and the Ukraine crisis never happened", said Angela Stent, a national intelligence officer on Russian Federation under former President George W. Bush.
Russian military involvement in Ukraine and Syria, as well as the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an attempt to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has cast a shadow on the United States side over the potential rapprochement.
To date, only a small number of the dozens of proposed meetings have taken place.
In recent days, Russia's Foreign Ministry has suggested there may be other retaliation against US diplomats, including travel restrictions and taking away some parking privileges at USA diplomatic posts.
During the latest round of closed consultations, held on Monday, the Russian side requested its Security Council partners to comment on the amended version, but no response has been received so far, a UN Security Council source told TASS.