US State Secretary Rex Tillerson will have a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday in Moscow as part of his first official visit to the Russian capital in this role.
According to the US Department of State, the parties will discuss allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, recent deadly terror attack in St. Petersburg as well as prospects for cooperation on a range of issues.
Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow awaited from the United States coherent clarifications on the whole range of issues of strategic stability and security in the Euro-Atlantic region, and hoped for fruitful negotiations with the US side.
On Sunday, Tillerson himself expressed hope to hold constructive talks with Lavrov.
“I’m hopeful that we can have constructive talks with the Russian government, with Foreign Minister Lavrov and have Russia be supportive of a process that will lead to a stable Syria,” Tillerson told ABC broadcaster.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik he cannot yet confirm whether Russian President Vladimir Putin would meet Tillerson in Moscow.
“I cannot confirm this yet,” Peskov said when asked to comment on Russian media reports citing sources that Putin would meet Tillerson on Wednesday.
The parties will also discuss combating the Islamic State (IS) group and other groups that have seized Syrian territories, the settlement of the Syrian, Israeli-Palestinian, Yemeni, Libyan and Afghan conflicts, deescalation of the situation on the Korean Peninsula, as well as the situation in Ukraine, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.