Trump may meet top Russian diplomat in White House

The Russian diplomat hasn't 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.

It will be the highest-level contact between Trump and the government official of the Russian President Vladimir Putin since Trump took office on January 20.

The scheduling of the meeting was confirmed by Russian state media.

Lavrov, who is on a working visit to the USA from May 9-to 11 will first meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to discuss Ukraine, Syria and other bilateral issues, then proceed to his meeting with the President.

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Trump has said he has no ties to Russia and isn't aware of any involvement by his aides in any Russian election interference. 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. It is yet another sign that the relationship between the United States of America and Russian Federation is improving under the newly elected president Donald Trump after it hit the lowest point since the cold war under the Obama administration.

The president on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, dramatically ousting the nation's most senior law enforcement official in the middle of the bureau's investigation into Mr Trump's ties with Russian Federation.

Still, the overlap between the investigation and Trump's diplomatic efforts made for uncomfortable optics.

The president said Mr Flynn misled senior administration officials about his pre-inauguration talks with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador in Washington.

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Russia, Turkey and Iran last week agreed on a plan for four "de-escalation zones" in the Arab country to quell a civil war that has killed some 400,000 people and contributed to global refugee and terror crises since erupting in 2011.

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

During his appearance with Tillerson, Lavrov feigned surprise when asked whether Comey's firing as Federal Bureau of Investigation director cast a shadow over the U.S. -Russia talks. The would-be safe zones would not cover areas where the USA -led coalition is fighting IS. The White House declined a request for confirmation.

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