Dialogue with Trump was non-politicised: Russian FM

President Trump, wearing a dark suit and red striped tie, said he met with Kissinger to talk "about Russian Federation and various other matters". While the Trump administration blamed Comey for mishandling the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Comey's departure coincided with the FBI investigation of whether Trump's presidential bid was aided by Russian Federation.

In Moscow, the Kremlin said on Wednesday it hoped that Comey's firing would not affect Russia's ties with the United States, saying it believed his dismissal had nothing to do with Russian Federation.

Trump spoke to reporters of the press pool during the open-portion for his meeting with former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

"Comey firing cast a shadow over the talks, gentlemen?"

"Was he fired? You are kidding!" he joked.

Later, giving details of the Trump-Lavrov meeting, the White House said, "President Trump emphasised the need to work together to end the conflict in Syria, in particular, underscoring the need for Russian Federation to rein in the Assad regime, Iran, and Iranian proxies".

The Russian foreign minister rejected claims that Moscow interfered in the election that sent Trump to the White House as "fabrications".

Still, the overlap between the FBI Russia investigation and Mr Trump's diplomatic efforts could not be brushed aside.


Pictured for the first time since he fired Comey, Trump stood in the White House, grinning widely, as he shook the hand of Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak - the very man several of his associates have said they met with during last year's campaign.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov will meet in Washington Wednesday morning - their second in-person meeting in the little over three months Tillerson has been in office.

"The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship", Tillerson said at the time.

"During the meeting, current issues on the Russian agenda were discussed".

In Moscow, a spokesman for the Kremlin said Trump's firing of Comey will have no effect on bilateral relations between the two countries. Journalists typically cover portions of meetings between the president and heads of state or government.

Comey's dismissal escalated concerns in both parties that Trump may be trying to undermine an investigation that appears to be gaining steam. "We discussed, first and foremost, our cooperation on the worldwide stage", he said adding that Trump team members are people of action.

Hours after his meeting with Trump, Lavrov insisted that no evidence exists that Russian attempted to influence last year's election or hack the Democratic Party's email system.

The meetings followed a period during which U.S.

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