Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump may meet top Russian diplomat in White House

In Moscow, meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin met Wednesday with his security council to discuss US-Russian relations in the context of Lavrov's meeting with Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the RIA Novosti news agency.

Lavrov had planned to be in Washington Wednesday to meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Vladimir Putin's top diplomat at the White House on Wednesday in the highest level, face-to-face contact with Russian Federation of the American leader's young presidency, NBC News reported. 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.

"I can confirm Secretary Tillerson will attend the White House meeting with President Trump and Foreign Minister Lavrov", the official said Tuesday.

A Russian plan to stabilise Syria after more than six years of civil war is the most urgent foreign policy topic on the agenda.

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However, since then the truce violations have continued intermittently throughout the night and well into the morning. Parshotam Lal, a resident of Jhangher, said at least 3,000 shells were fired from Pakistani side.

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

According to the statement, Trump emphasized the need for the US and Russia to work together to end violence in Syria and Ukraine, floated the prospect of US-Russia cooperation on resolving Middle East conflicts and returned to a campaign theme by emphasizing his desire for better relations with Moscow.

Her testimony pushed the story of the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation back into the headlines.

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 Trump administration said Comey was sacked for mishandling the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, but Democrats ridiculed that notion, raising parallels to Watergate-era firings.

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But his hopes for a possible rapprochement with Moscow, so regularly repeated during the campaign, have been derailed.

In his earlier meeting with Lavrov, Tillerson emphasized the USA wouldn't lift sanctions on Russian Federation related to Ukraine until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered the punishment - namely, its Crimea annexation.

Still, Tillerson's meeting provided a blueprint for how the former Cold War foes might go about improving ties. The zones would not cover areas where the USA -led coalition is fighting the Islamic State group, but enforcement and other questions remain unanswered.

The U.S. has been wary of Iran's involvement and the past failures at a cease-fire in Syria. The would-be safe zones would not cover areas where the US -led coalition is fighting IS.

The diplomats met Wednesday in Washington - and there's a new Russian-led agreement to create safe zones in Syria.

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The State Department said acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones will attend as an observer. The two world leaders apparently also discussed the increasingly tense situation between the USA and North Korea .

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