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Lavrov on Comey: Was he fired? You're kidding
12 May 2017, 12:46 | Katrina Lee
Trump to Meet With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Wednesday
Lavrov addressed the issue in his press conference, saying the fabricated stories were hurting ties between the two countries.
President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Wednesday after his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Trump stunned the United States on Tuesday by firing FBI Director James Comey, whose agency is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the possibility Trump associates may have colluded with Moscow. The last time Lavrov visited the American capital was before Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine and intervened militarily in Syria to help President Bashar Assad - actions that fueled U.S.
US President Donald Trump met with Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Wednesday to discuss the United States' role in stopping the violence in Syria, APA reports quoting sputniknews.
They weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.
Kislyak has been a central figure in the controversy, as then-national security adviser Michael Flynn was sacked after it emerged that he had misrepresented conversations with Kislyak to others in the White House.
A Russian plan to stabilize Syria after over six years of civil war is the most urgent foreign policy topic on the agenda.
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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.
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"The previous administration bent over backwards to undermine the solid foundation of our relations", Lavrov told reporters at the Russian Embassy after meeting Trump.
"Thank you", Lavrov said. And in a surprise, Trump greeted the media with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Lavrov told reporters in a press conference that Washington's sanctions against Russian Federation were not part of his talks with the U.S. president.
"President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions", the statement continued.
US reporters were not permitted to cover the meeting.
Lavrov was also again asked about the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, this time whether his meeting with Trump came as a effect of the agency chief's departure.
Lavrov says American politicians who are raising questions about Russian interference in the 2016 election are damaging the US political system by suggesting it's being controlled by outsiders.
During the campaign, Trump repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and called for improving relations with Moscow.
Despite the lack of clarity, the meeting between Trump and Lavrov in itself was a sign of some progress.
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