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Russia's Top Diplomat Meets With Trump at White House

12 May 2017

Trump added that he had a very good meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was joined by Russia's Ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak.

It also will be a sign that the two countries have improved ties.

Lavrov arrived in Washington on Tuesday; he met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the White House early Wednesday, ahead of a visit to the Oval Office to speak with Trump.

Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of the bureau's investigation into Trump's ties with Russian Federation.

All but ignoring the unfurling drama over Russian Federation and the USA election, President Donald Trump on Wednesday sought to advance prospects for cooperation between the former Cold War foes in Syria and elsewhere in a rare Oval Office meeting with Vladimir Putin's top diplomat.

Tillerson's office says his meetings with Lavrov will focus on "Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral issues". But the Russians' visit to the White House also came as the Kremlin made its first public comments on Comey's removal.

Russian Federation backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war.

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

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This ambition has been largely derailed, however, by continued questions over his campaign's alleged ties to Russia, accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and the two countries' disagreements over Syria.

After Tillerson briefly welcomed Lavrov and thanked the Russian minister for coming to Washington, a reporter asked if their talks were shadowed by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's sudden dismissal.

Seizure of Russia's diplomatic property in the United States is illegitimate and Washington realizes this, Lavrov said.

US President Donald Trump has discussed the Syrian civil with Russia's foreign minister in the Oval Office at a time when alleged ties to Moscow are overshadowing the Republican's administration. "The Trump administration, and the president himself, and the Secretary of State, I was persuaded of this once again today, are people of action".

The official said the Justice Department is running the process with job interviews being conducted by Attorney-General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein.

Photographs circulated by the Russian government showed the president also met with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the USA who is at the center of the controversy.

The U.S. has reacted cautiously to the Russia-led agreement on safe zones. Lavrov continued: "You are kidding".

United States officials are harming their own people by saying that Russian Federation might have influenced the elections and is standing behind USA internal affairs, Lavrov also said.

Russia's Top Diplomat Meets With Trump at White House