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In the wake of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's meeting with Trump on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told state media that both countries have "a lot of work ahead of us".

Tensions between Russian Federation and the US have reached a post-Cold War high in recent months, amid revelations that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election.

Comey, in his role as FBI director, had been conducting an investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Lavrov said no evidence existed linking Russia to hacked Democratic Party emails and that the issue of Russian interference in the campaign did not arise in his meeting with Trump, according to the report. As he was entering the Oval Office, a reporter asked whether the dismissal of Comey "cast a shadow" over today's meetings.

US President Donald Trump has discussed the Syrian civil with Russia's foreign minister in the Oval Office at a time when alleged ties to Moscow are overshadowing the Republican's administration.

Yesterday, on the same day- I had meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the FM of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin.#LetsMakePeace! Kislyak's presence was surprising - he's a key figure in the investigation of the Trump administration's ties to Russian Federation. The White House official insisted it is standard practice to keep more of a lid on presidential meetings with lower-level foreign officials, as opposed to visits from heads of state, which typically come with greater press coverage.

None of the US White House correspondents was invited. He and Lavrov said they discussed the civil war in Syria, where Russian Federation backs President Bashar Assad.

The day after firing the director of the FBI, Donald Trump surprised reporters with an unscheduled meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. But Russian press got a front row seat in the Oval Office and former intelligence officials worry that they may have smuggled in surveillance equipment.

Trump said he was meeting with Kissinger to talk "about Russian Federation and various other matters".

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