Kremlin Comments on Trump's Decision to Sack FBI Chief

Carolyn Kaster  AP

Carolyn Kaster AP

Comey was in charge of an investigation into Trump's alleged links with officials of this nation that the FBI considered could have a negative impact on the White House's performance, all amid Moscow's denials.

"It appears that the US State Department and Congress are still pushing the Ukrainian cause separately from Trump", an unnamed observer in Moscow commented to bne IntelliNews.

Top on the agenda as Trump meets the Russian diplomat is how the two countries can work together to stabilize Syria, after more than six years of civil war.

Despite the lack of clarity, the possibility of a meeting between Trump and Lavrov would in itself be a sign of some progress.

On Ukraine, Trump expressed his Administration's commitment to remain engaged in resolving the conflict and stressed Russia's responsibility to fully implement the Minsk agreements. "You're kidding. You're kidding".

Tillerson and Lavrov met in Moscow last month, amid tensions over the US bombing of a Syrian airfield after alleged chemical attacks by Syrian forces on civilians, including many children. Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of the bureau's investigation into Trump's ties with Russian Federation.

USA intelligence agencies concluded with "high confidence" that Russian Federation tried to affect the outcome of the 2016 election, an allegation Lavrov has denied repeatedly. So far, the probe has uncovered no evidence of to substantiate the collusion charge. "They tricked us", one unnamed official was quoted as saying by CNN.

At his news conference Wednesday, Lavrov scoffed at a question about the possibility of Russian meddling in the US election.

Ending violence in Syria is highly needed given that the civil war has resulted in the death of more than 400,000 people. "But of course when you get down to the details, we can't seem to agree on anything", Vershbow said.

It seems as though Kislyak, who has been Russia's ambassador to the USA since 2008, meets with a lot of people, but nobody wants to admit it. Lavrov said he had sought support for a plan to create safe zones in Syria. The U.S. only sent an envoy to the talks as an observer.

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