Russia‘s top diplomats to meet after Putin-Trump summit, Lavrov says

MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow and Washington had agreed that he would meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after President Vladimir Putin holds a summit with US President Donald Trump on July 16.

Lavrov said his meeting with Pompeo would have to take place after the summit in Helsinki and not before because of his US counterpart‘s tight schedule.

Lavrov, who was speaking at a news conference with his Jordanian counterpart, also said that Moscow hoped the Putin-Trump summit would serve as a platform for what he called a frank conversation about all the issues that trouble US-Russia relations.