White House furious after being trolled with Russia Oval Office photos

Lavrov's meeting with Trump, meanwhile, will be the highest-level meeting the USA president has had with Russian officials since taking office in January.

Peskov calls it "an entirely domestic matter" for the United States.

In Washington, Tillerson made no comment on the Comey firing or on the substantive issues he would discuss with Lavrov.

Also attending was Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the USA who is at the center of numerous Trump administration's early Russia-related woes. She says Tillerson told Lavrov that sanctions on Russian Federation over its actions in Ukraine will remain in place until Russian Federation changes course.

The Russian embassy in Washington tweeted a picture from the Lavrov meeting of Trump shaking hands with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, a man at the centre of the controversy on Russian contacts with associates of Trump.

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President Donald Trump has spoken out about his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.

Russian Federation is ready to cooperate with the United States in setting up de-escalation zones in Syria, Lavrov stressed. Neither Washington, which backs the opposition, nor Moscow, a long-time ally of the Syrian regime, have managed to find a solution to the conflict. "You're kidding! You're kidding!"

Trump "emphasized his desire to build a better relationship between the United States and Russian Federation", the White House said.

We were not informed by the Russians that their official photographer was dual-hatted and would be releasing the photographs on the state news agency.
"I thought it was very, very good", Trump told reporters after the meeting.

During last year's election campaign, Trump called for better relations with Russian Federation.

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"We want to see the killing, the awful killing, stopped in Syria as soon as possible and everyone is working toward that end", he said. The U.S. only sent an envoy to the talks as an observer. The U.S. isn't party to the deal and has reacted cautiously, especially given its misgivings about Iran's role.

The Russian diplomat hadn'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.

He then added: "I believe that poiticians are damaging the political system of the USA".

The agreement calls for the creation of four "de-escalation zones" to shore up a ceasefire, ban flights and allow for humanitarian aid deliveries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's top diplomat did not speak to reporters and as he walked into a side entrance Wednesday morning.

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