U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson welcomes Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the State Department in Washington, D.C. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson welcomed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the State Department in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday (May 10). After his morning meeting with Tillerson, Lavrov is expected to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss Syria and a wide range of international issues, a senior U.S. official said. It will be the highest-level contact between Trump and the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin since Trump took office on Jan. 20. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on the agenda would be Syria as well as U.S.-Russian relations and other global issues. Relations deteriorated between the United States and Russia after U.S. air strikes against a Syrian airfield in response to a chemical weapons attack that Washington blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally.