In a closed White House meeting Wednesday held for the first high-level discussions with officials representing the Russian Federation, President Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for talks which he later described as “very good.”
The meeting between Trump and Lavrov lasted approximately 40 minutes and reportedly revolved around global affairs, particularity the crisis in Syria.
Russia, Turkey and Iran recently concluded discussions and implemented “deescelation zones” in the war-torn country.
“We want to see the killing, the horrible killing, stopped in Syria as soon as possible and everyone is working toward that end,” Trump said.
Addressing the media at the Russian embassy following his discussion with the president, Mr. Lavrov, who had met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson previous to his meeting with the president, added a bit of praise for Mr. Trump and his administration:
“Now our dialogue is free of the ideologization that was characteristic of the Obama administration. The Trump administration, and the president himself, and the secretary of state, I was persuaded of this once again today, are people of action.”
The meeting was held amid the furor of Trump’s sudden dismissal of former FBI Directer James Comey and allegations Russia meddled in the November 2016 presidential elections in favor of Trump.
President Trump has consistently denied his campaign collaborated with Russia and remains skeptical Russia successfully interfered with the U.S. electoral framework. The Kremlin also denies such allegations and has dismissed them as rumor and “fantasy”.
Part of a three-day trip to the U.S., Lavrov departed for Alaska following his meetings with Mr. Trump and Secretary Tillerson.
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