Donald Trump to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Trump may meet top Russian diplomat in White House day after firing Comey

Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to meet in person for the first time during the July G20 summit in Hamburg. After the negotiations, the two ministers participated in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Was he fired? You're kidding", Lavrov said sarcastically, feigning surprise as he started his day of meetings in Washington.

The press service of the US Department of State said in connection with the forthcoming talks Lavrov and Tillerson would give primary attention to settling the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as to bilateral relations. Tillerson ignored questions about Trump and Comey.

On Syria, where Russian Federation has backed President Bashar Assad's forces and the USA has supported anti-Assad rebels, the talks appeared to indicate a slight narrowing of differences.

Comey's dismissal escalated concerns in both parties that Trump may be trying to undermine an investigation that appears to be gaining steam.




Report informs referring to BBC that the White House spokesman confirmed the information.

But his hopes for a possible rapprochement with Moscow, so regularly repeated during the campaign, have been derailed. The last time Lavrov visited the American capital was before Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine and intervened militarily in Syria to help President Bashar Assad - actions that fueled U.S.

After Tillerson visited Putin and Lavrov in Moscow on April 12, Trump said flatly, "Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all".

Still, Tillerson's meeting provided a blueprint for how the former Cold War foes might go about improving ties.

Mr Lavrov will be coming to the American capital with a Russian plan to end the violence in Syria, after hashing out an agreement with Iran and Turkey last week. Critical details need to be finalized and the US response has been cautious, with top officials such as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis saying they're still studying the concept and its various unanswered questions. The visit by Russia's longtime foreign minister is the first since August 2013, a sign of the high-stakes conversations between the two countries, even as Tillerson and others have said the relationship is at an all-time low.

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