January 21, 2018

President Trump meets Russian foreign minister

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In their meeting, Trump told Lavrov that Russian Federation needs to rein in Syria's Assad, according to the White House.

Wednesday morning, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, with Lavrov at his side, made a statement to the press in which the Russian foreign minister brazenly mocked reporters for asking about Comey's firing.

As well as retweeting an article which set out "10 major Federal Bureau of Investigation scandals on Comey's watch", Mr Trump accused the Democrats of hypocrisy. He said Wednesday he fired Comey because he "was not doing a good job".

Tensions surrounding Russia's involvement in the USA election remain high. Also attending was Mr Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. at the centre of numerous Trump administration's early Russia-related woes.

Trump's meeting with Lavrov came just after the top Russian diplomat met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department for a meeting that exceeded one hour.

"The United States and Russian Federation agreed to continue discussions to resolve other issues of bilateral concern, including strategic stability", the release stated.

The Russian Foreign Ministry tweeted a photo of Mr Trump and Mr Lavrov shaking hands in the Oval Office, and another of Mr Trump and Mr Kislyak.

Russian Federation denies the allegations.

"I don't doubt that the Russians are hacking us".

The Trump administration denies claims of collusion with Russian Federation.

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Update, May 10, 2017: Right on cue, CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer caught up with Putin, wearing full hockey regalia, in Sochi, and asked him what impact Comey's firing would have on U.S. -Russia relations.

Asked by a reporter if the firing would cast a shadow over his talks, Mr Lavrov replied in a sarcastic tone: 'Was he fired? "You're kidding. You're kidding".

Contact with Kislyak led Michael Flynn to be dismissed from his post as national security adviser and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the probe.

Senior Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said the Oval Office encounter was a photo opportunity for Russian Federation.

This followed a similar visit last month by Tillerson to Moscow, where he was received at the Kremlin by Putin.

Tensions in the relationship grew following United States air strikes against a Syrian airfield in April in response to a chemical weapons attack that Washington blamed on Assad. It's also Lavrov's first trip to Washington 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.

Trump underscored "the need for Russian Federation to rein in the Assad regime, Iran and Iranian proxies", the White House said.

"We have agreed we will be working together in the format of Astana (talks) which the United States attends as an observer".

The White House downplayed the situation, saying that the photographer "had to go through the same screening as a member of the US press going through the main gate to the [White House] briefing room".

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