What US-Russia crisis? Trump seeks closer ties in WH meeting

12 May, 2017, 03:01 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at JFK International Airport in New York

Lavrov arrived in Washington with a working visit earlier on Tuesday.

In a Senate hearing on Monday, former acting attorney general Sally Yates said she warned the White House in January that Mr Flynn "essentially could be blackmailed" by the Russians because he apparently had lied to his bosses about his contacts with Mr Kislyak.

The scheduling of the meeting was confirmed by Russian state media.

Earlier the Russian foreign ministry said Lavrov will have talks with his USA counterpart Tillerson on May 10.

The stigma of the Russian Federation investigations has been impossible for Mr Trump to shake. His previous visit to Washington took place in 2013, while the previous visit of a Russian President to the United States was held in 2010.

"The previous administration bent over backwards to undermine the solid foundation of our relations", Lavrov told reporters at the Russian Embassy after meeting Trump.

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The talks came a day after Trump fired the FBI director who was overseeing an investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. He said Wednesday he fired Comey because he "was not doing a good job".

A USA official and a person knowledgeable of the plans are describing what would be the highest level, face-to-face contact with Russian Federation of Trump's presidency.

Recently, the United States and Russian Federation agreed to the creation of four different safe zones in Syria while talks continue to establish a lasting peace in the region.

"We believe the U.S.is really interested in that", Lavrov said, acknowledged details of the plan still needed to be worked out.

The meetings between Tillerson and Lavrov, and now between Trump and the Russian foreign minister, come when Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey has been fired by U.S. President.

Moscow wants the elimination of those and election-related sanctions imposed by Obama.

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