Trump, Lavrov To Meet In Washington On Tuesday

Elias Hubbard
December 10, 2019

President Donald Trump will Tuesday welcome Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Washington, the White House announced, two years after the U.S. leader was accused of leaking classified information to him.

After a May 2017 meeting at the Oval Office, Trump allegedly revealed highly classified details about the threat from the Islamic State group with Lavrov and Russia's then ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak.

The State Department said Lavrov will be in Washington and meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Mr Lavrov is making his first visit to Washington since a trip in 2017 set off a storm of criticism. At the time, Trump bragged it would remove pressure related to an investigation into whether his campaign had ties to Moscow.

"We expect that (Lavrov) will be received by (Trump) and will hold talks with (Pompeo)", the source was quoted as saying.

The White House neither confirmed nor denied Trump would meet Lavrov.

Trump has also urged an investigation into a theory - firmly dismissed by USA intelligence - that Ukraine rather than Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 vote.

"We are - he very much wants to and so do we - work (ing) out a treaty of some kind on nuclear weapons".

Democratic House Intelligence Committee counsel Daniel Goldman brought up Putin while laying out the case for impeachment in his opening statement, where he described Trump's push to have Ukraine probe a theory of Ukrainian - rather than Russian - interference in the US elections.

Russian Federation has criticised United States plans to keep troops in Syria and warned that time is running out to extend an existing arms-control agreement called New Start. It did not mention a meeting with Trump, but Interfax cited a foreign ministry source saying there would be such a meeting.

Tuesday's meeting comes a day after Mr Putin meets in Paris with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for talks on ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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