Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is scheduled to visit to the White House this week, creating an opportunity for a meeting with President Trump.
According to the Associated Press’s conversations with unnamed U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, Lavrov will visit the White House shortly after meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday. The White House would not immediately confirm to the AP whether or not a meeting would happen.
Lavrov’s visit would come just one day after President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey, who was heading the agency’s investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia during his presidential campaign. In addition to Comey, Trump has fired two other high-profile law enforcement officials investigating Trump’s past connections and conversations with Russians, including former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
The potential meeting between Trump and Lavrov would be the highest level of face-to-face contact with Russia since Trump took office on January 20, and is particularly remarkable given Trump’s recent description of Russian relations as being at an “all time low.” The U.S. and Russia have been at odds with one another since Trump’s missile strike on a Syrian airbase, following a chemical weapons attack allegedly orchestrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Secretary Tillerson recently met with Lavrov and Putin in Moscow on April 12, after which Trump said, “right now we’re not getting along with Russia at all.”