Putin aide says Moscow unconcerned about Comey

State Department photo/Public Domain (WASHINGTON) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Wednesday morning to discuss a dizzying array of issues amid the firestorm over President Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey.

The White House says President Donald Trump stressed several issues in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf), including ending the civil war in Syria and improving U.S. -Russia relations.

Peskov calls it "an entirely domestic matter" for the United States.

There is nothing inherently wrong with Trump's inclusion of Kislyak in Wednesday's meeting, but to be weirdly secretive about it is to invite additional scrutiny that the White House does not need right now.

The Russian minister said there would be four de-escalation areas, including in the south, "which is a particular interest for the U.S.", as it would stabilize the border area between Syria, Jordan and Israel.

Solar power tariff drops to all-time low of Rs 2.62 per unit
Ltd bought the entire 1.1 gigawatt (GW) renewable energy portfolio of Welspun Energy Ltd for $1.4 billion previous year . Avaada Power is promoted by Vineet Mittal and is his second innings in India's clean energy space after Tata Power Co.

"We did not discuss the sanctions".

The Trump administration and GOP lawmakers say Comey was sacked for other reasons, including his handling of the Clinton email probe. When asked whether the Comey dismissal had affected his meeting, Trump said, "not at all".

During a photo opportunity ahead of their sit-down meeting, NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell asked whether the firing of Comey "cast a shadow over your talks".

'The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!' he tweeted. "You are kidding! You are kidding!"

Lavrov threw his head back in a dismissive gesture and walked away, shaking his head. He also referred to Mr Trump's aides as "people of action".

South Korea: Moon vows to address North Korea, broader tensions 'urgently'
The North's increasing threat may make the USA less tolerant of policy differences with Seoul than in the past, he said. In one of his first acts as president, Moon spoke by telephone with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lee Sun-jin.

Trump, heeding advice from Department of Justice, fires Comey, informing him that he is "not able to effectively lead the bureau". In the report, Konstantin Kosyachev, a senior Russian legislator, said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director was let go "because he's not supposed to act like he's the president".

"If we manage to find. a common position with the United States on this issue, it will be the most important result", he said, quoted by the state news agency Interfax.

The U.S., along with some European allies, has imposed several rounds of economic sanctions on Russian Federation in response to what they called the annexation of Crimea and destabilizing activities in eastern Ukraine. "We have nothing to do with that".

At a Senate hearing Monday, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she warned Trump's White House in January that Flynn "essentially could be blackmailed" by the Russians because he apparently had lied to his bosses about his contacts with Kislyak.

Trump "also raised the possibility of broader cooperation on resolving conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere", it added.

Bottas joins F1 Finnish stars with Russian GP win
He then held off Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari's championship leader, in the closing laps to cross the line with a 0.6-second advantage.

The White House said its search for Comey's successor is already under way.

Recommended News

  • Judge agrees to toss Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction

    Judge agrees to toss Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction

    Massachusetts Judge Susan Garsch agreed Tuesday to vacate his 2015 conviction because Hernandez died before his appeal could be heard.

    Christopher "Big Black" Boykin, Star of MTV's 'Rob & Big,' Dies at 45

    Variety reports that Christopher Boykin-best known to fans of mid-2000s MTV as " Big Black ", of Rob & Big fame-has died. I didn't want to be known as Rob from Rob & Big , and I think he didn't want to be known as the sidekick.

    With book, Ivanka Trump must walk complicated ethical line

    I bet planning that weekend getaway to the Hampton's house was a logistical clusterfuck for you Ivanka, feels. A businesswoman, Ivanka is now a senior adviser in her father's administration.
  • Texas House OKs letting adoption groups deny non-Christians

    Texas House OKs letting adoption groups deny non-Christians

    But his proposal is just one of 24 pending bills in the Texas Legislature that LGBT advocates say encourage discrimination. This would have serious consequences for a range of vulnerable communities, including young people and families.
    Senators on defensive over all-male healthcare panel

    Senators on defensive over all-male healthcare panel

    Bill Cassidy, R-La., on an alternative health care overhaul and with other senators on how to revamp Medicaid . It is not clear which states might apply for such a waiver, or what the process would be for getting one.

    Upgrade the Surface Laptop to Windows 10 Pro for Free

    The Windows 10 S software is tied to the Windows Store, which means students can only run apps downloaded from the Store. New Windows S PCs will come with a free one year subscription to Minecraft Education Edition .
  • Colbert Shocked By Audience's Reaction To Comey Firing

    Colbert Shocked By Audience's Reaction To Comey Firing

    He said unless a special prosecutor is named, Americans could rightfully wonder whether the move was "part of a cover-up". It's big news everywhere, so of course late-night hosts were all over it on Tuesday night, including Jimmy Kimmel .
    The Kite Pharma Inc (KITE) Shares Bought by Teachers Advisors LLC

    The Kite Pharma Inc (KITE) Shares Bought by Teachers Advisors LLC

    Also, Chairman Arie Belldegrun bought 17,000 shares of the business's stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 9th. Looking about the past performance history, the company plunged -14.52% in past week and declined -7.94% in one month.
    Benitez ready to discuss future with Ashley after Newcastle claim title

    Benitez ready to discuss future with Ashley after Newcastle claim title

    Christian Atsu won the English Championship title with Newcastle United on Sunday after Brighton drew 1-1 with Aston Villa . McCarthy is also keen to move to a new club, after not receiving regular first team action under Ronald Koeman this season.
  • Trump defends firing Comey, says both parties will thank him

    The White House has wielded a critical memo from Rosenstein to justify President Donald Trump's decision to fire Comey on Tuesday. He said there would be no question about the current investigation continuing if not for the political implications.
    Apple acquires sleep tracking company Beddit, but its site will stay live

    Apple acquires sleep tracking company Beddit, but its site will stay live

    Users can also choose to allow Beddit to sync data stored in the Health app, including gender, date of birth, height, and weight. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum will enable Apple's foray into the medical app and wearable space.

    Federal Reserve Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged

    What's more, inflation fell for the first time in more than a year in March, while consumer spending numbers were flat. The weak consumer spending and subsiding inflation pressures did little to change expectations of a rate hike in June.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.