Trump to Host Lavrov at White House on Wednesday

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Lavrov arrived in Washington in the evening of May 9.

The two men will meet in the Oval Office at 10:30 am (1430 GMT), according to the White House. Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, dramatically ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of the bureau's investigation into Trump's ties with Russian Federation.

Earlier Wednesday, Lavrov met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said the get-together was a chance for the two to "continue our dialogue" and "exchange of views" that they started last month in Moscow.

Comey's dismissal escalated concerns in both parties that Trump may be trying to undermine an investigation that appears to be gaining steam.

The meetings come a day after Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, dramatically ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of the bureau's investigation into Trump's ties with Russian Federation and Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.


On Tuesday, media reported that Lavrov would meet Trump during the working visit to the United States.

The last visit of the Russian FM to the U.S. was in 2013, while presidential visits haven't taken place since 2010. Trump insisted that wasn't the case.

A US official and a person knowledgeable of the plans are describing what would be the highest level, face-to-face contact with Russian Federation of Trump's presidency. The U.S. isn't party to the deal and has reacted cautiously, especially given its misgivings about Iran's role. The would-be safe zones would not cover areas where the USA -led coalition is fighting IS.

The meetings between Tillerson and Lavrov, and now between Trump and the Russian foreign minister, come when Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey has been fired by U.S. President. Nevertheless, Lavrov struck a conciliatory tone and said Russian Federation isn't intending to retaliate.

AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace in Washington and AP writer Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed.

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