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President Trump meets Russian foreign minister

President Donald Trump meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Credit: Twitter/Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

President Donald Trump has met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the highest level face-to-face contact with a Russian government official since taking office.

The pair discussed Syria and focused on ideas for de-escalation, while President Trump said he pressed Russia to "reign in" the Assad regime and Iran.

President Trump added that the pair discussed Ukraine and he stressed Russia's responsibility to implement the Minsk agreement to halt the country's war.

Mr Lavrov said the pair had not discussed sanctions against Russia.

He continued that the pair could not address all the US-Russian problems overnight, but said that dialogue between the two countries was now free of the ideology which hampered ties with the White House under Barack Obama.

President Trump said he had emphasised to Mr Lavrov his desire to build a better relationship between the US and Russia.

Mr Lavrov added that the Trump administration were "people of action" and that they wanted to resolve important issues.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mr Lavrov met with Mr Tillerson before his meeting with the US President in the Oval Office.


Johnson: Era of 'passivity and inaction' in Syria is over

Boris Johnson has hailed the US airstrike on Syria as the end of an era of "passivity and inaction" in the face of Bashar Assad's "barbarism".

The foreign secretary said that the US had acted with “strength and resolve” following the Syrian's Government's alleged poison gas attack on its own citizens.

"The government believes that the US action was a necessary, appropriate and justified response to an awful crime," he told told MPs in a statement today.

Mr Johnson also again urged Russia, a key player in the Syrian war, to end their "blind support" of the Assad regime and add their weight to efforts to bring a peaceful resolution to the conflict.


Suspect questioned in connection with Russia bombing

The scene at Tekhnologichesky Institut subway station in St Petersburg. Credit: AP

A new suspect is being questioned in connection with the bombing of a metro train in St Petersburg which left 14 people dead, a source close to the investigation has said.

The suspect is the ninth person to have been detained on suspicion of having colluded with the bomber, Kyrgyzstan-born Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, since the attack on April 3.

Dzhalilov, 22, was killed in the explosion.

The blast took place between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut underground stations.

Russia's Anti-Terrorism Committee said they also found and deactivated a bomb - rigged with shrapnel - at another station.

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