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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.

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