Trump, top Russian Federation envoy to meet at White House

Posted May 11, 2017

But following this latest meeting, Trump told Lavrov Moscow should "rein in the Assad regime, Iran and Iranian proxies". Lavrov called it a US decision, echoing Putin, who said Russian Federation had nothing to do with Comey's dismissal. Dmitry Peskov said Kremlin officials hoped Trump's decision to dismiss the Federal Bureau of Investigation director would not affect Russia's relationship with the United States "in any way".

"We had a very, very good meeting with Mr. Lavrov, and I thought it was very good", Trump said.

After Trump ordered missile strikes on a Syria airbase last month in response to Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons, the Russian government condemned the military action, calling Washington's move "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of global law".

Trump's talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would occur after the Russian's meetings earlier in the day with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Lavrov chalked up the controversy to "noise" and to "false news" - invoking Trump's frequent references to the Russian Federation allegations as "fake news".

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

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

Earlier, as Tillerson and Lavrov posed for photographs, the Russian sarcastically deflected a reporter's question about Comey's dismissal.

President Trump shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the White House Wednesday in Washington. Israeli leaders have made a priority of raising the issue in their meetings with US officials.

Wednesday's meetings followed talks Tillerson held with Putin last month in Moscow.

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Both Trump and Lavrov appeared to strike a more conciliatory tone after both capitals had presented souring views of the relationship recently.

The White House blocked United States reporters from photographing the meeting, opting to allow only White House and Russian photographers to capture images of Trump's interactions with Lavrov.

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". Lavrov said the meeting mainly focused on ideas of de-escalation zones in Syria.

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.

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