"If they think that we're somehow willing to relax the sanctions on them before they've complied with the Minsk framework and left Crimea, I think it just will encourage Putin to continue his bullying", Engel said.
Tillerson will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, then the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.
Asked if China had lived up to its pledges to crack down on the North, Tillerson said its actions had been "uneven", but added: "They have taken steps, visible steps that we can confirm".
"Despite necessary reductions from FY 2017 levels, we are still devoting $25.3 billion to foreign assistance, which accounts for over two-thirds of the State and USAID budget", he said at his first major budget hearing since he was nominated in February. "We're not going to set the burden down, we're not going to walk away. but the world has changed".
"Since Congress is likely to write its own appropriations bills and spending, what I hope we'll spend most of our time on, instead of taking pot shots - although everybody will do whatever they wish, I know - I hope you'll help us lay out some of the things you really think are appropriate for us to look at and different ways of approaching, whether it's global organizations, which many of us support, or whether it's how the State Department is going to be run".
Engel said the approach suggested by Tillerson would send the wrong signal to Russian Federation.
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Earlier in the day at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New Jersey Democrat, Sen.
"Democrats are going to come out swinging", said one Democratic Congressional staffer.
Under sometimes caustic questioning, Tillerson said he is overseeing a modest shrinking of the State Department workforce and a rethinking of how the department does business.
At the top of the agenda for Tillerson's multiple hearings is the Trump administration's controversial worldwide affairs budget, which as FP reported, would gut State Department and USAID funding and potentially even tee up a plan to fold that agency into the State Department entirely. He said the State Department and USAID continue to be engaged in those pursuits, particularly in Eastern Europe and parts of Africa.
The budget would eliminate funding for the United Nations children's agency, UNICEF, as part of a $780 million cut to worldwide organizations.
Tillerson started the hearing by announcing that North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, a US university student held captive there for 17 months.
He said the administration was trying to find a way to re-establish a working relationship, notably on Syria.