Russian government releases photos of Oval Office meeting

Posted May 11, 2017

White House press was barred from the meeting between President Trump and Foreign Minister Lavrov.

Lavrov again denied Wednesday that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election, and said allegations that the US government is being controlled from the outside are "noise" and a "humiliation" for the American people.

In Washington, Tillerson made no comment on the Comey firing or on the substantive issues he would discuss with Lavrov.

But while the White House closed the meeting to USA press, a Russian photographer did get in: from TASS, a Russian state media organization. Lavrov continued: "You are kidding".

Russia's foreign minister sarcastically acknowledged the abrupt dismissal of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey by saying "Was he fired?"

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President Donald Trump's schedule for Wednesday included a meeting with Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister.

Kissinger held the posts of secretary of state from September 1973 to January 1977, serving under both Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

"The goal of both President Trump and President (Vladimir) Putin is to have concrete results which will be tangible and which will allow (us) to alleviate problems, including on the worldwide agenda". When asked whether the Comey dismissal had affected his meeting, Trump said, "not at all".

US intelligence agencies have asserted that Moscow meddled in the election to help Trump's chances of victory.

Russian Federation has allied itself with the Assad regime in seeking to end the civil war in Syria, and Israelis increasingly fear Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, will end up with a permanent presence in the country.

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Tillerson's meeting with Lavrov is the second since Tillerson has been in office.

Former American intelligence officials are criticizing TASS's ability to enter the White House as a potential major security breach, according to a report by The Washington Post.

Russian Federation brokered a deal for de-escalation zones with backing from Iran and Syrian opposition supporter Turkey during ceasefire talks in the Kazakh capital Astana last week.

It focuses on the creation of four de-escalation zones.

The Russian diplomat has not visited Washington at all since 2013, a year before Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and two years before it intervened militarily in Syria to help Assad remain in power.

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