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Lavrov meets with Tillerson in Washington

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Lavrov after the two met in Washington D.C. on Wednesday Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Lavrov after the two met in Washington D.C. on Wednesday
Kenny Thornton | 11 May, 2017, 10:26

During his appearance with Mr Tillerson, Mr Lavrov feigned surprise when asked whether James Comey's firing as Federal Bureau of Investigation director cast a shadow over the US-Russia talks.

Trump and Lavrov said they discussed the need to work together to end the conflict in Syria and Trump stressed the administration's commitment to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.

President Trump on Wednesday told Russia's top diplomat he wants to improve ties with Moscow, according to the White House.

According to descriptions of the meetings provided by the White House and the State Department, reports of Russian interference in the US election did not come up despite ongoing USA investigations into alleged attempts.

After talks with Tillerson, Lavrov heads to the White House to meet Trump, whose shock sacking of Comey was seen by Democrats as an assault on an investigation that could have sweeping repercussions for his administration. Lavrov continued: "You are kidding". "This strengthens the criticism that the Trump admin lacks transparency, especially when he hasn't held a press conference on James Comey, who was in the middle of investigating Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election".

During Tillerson's visit to Moscow in April, Mitchell shouted a question to Tillerson about Russia's stance on the alleged April 4 sarin chemical gas attack by the Syrian government under Bashar al-Assad against the Syrian people.

"That's the United States' internal affair", said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin.

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During that trip, Tillerson said relations with Russian Federation were at a low and needed to be rebuilt.

The two are expected to address the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and likely the story seizing Washington right now - Comey's dismissal. The US objects to Russian backing for Assad, and has supported some rebel fighting to oust him.

"We want to see the killing, the disgusting killing, stopped in Syria as soon as possible and everyone is working toward that end", Trump told reporters.

Mr Lavrov was conveying a Russian plan to end the violence, after hashing out an agreement with Iran and Turkey last week.

United States intelligence agencies concluded in a January report that Putin had ordered an effort to disrupt the 2016 election that included hacking into Democratic Party emails and leaking them, with the aim of helping Trump.

The zones would not cover areas where the US-led coalition is fighting Islamic State, but enforcement and other questions remain unanswered.

Trump said the Comey firing did not affect his meeting with Lavrov.

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