Trump and Putin to meet in July, Russian state media says

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who last set foot in Washington in 2013 would be the highest ranking Russian official to meet President Donald Trump since he took office

Earlier, a meeting between Trump and Lavrov was reported at the White House.

The photos of the USA president's meeting with the Russian foreign minister presented by TASS photographer Aleksandr Shcherbak triggered an unexpectedly harsh response from some United States mass media.

Peskov said Russian Federation stands ready to move as far forward on its diplomatic agenda with the United States as Washington is willing.

After being summoned to the Oval Office for what was expected to be a photo-op with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, members of the White House press corps were surprised to see former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was sitting with the president instead of Lavrov.

Tillerson, who also had a closed-door meeting with Putin during his visit, deplored the "low level of trust" between the two powers, whose relations have sunk to a post-Cold War low over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

Meeting Lavrov the next day was considered a questionable move, and it has been suggested it wasn't one the White House wanted to publicize. Some US media even speculated the Russian journalist was hypothetically able to bring eavesdropping equipment to the US presidential office.

Peskov also said that there were no agreements reached about possibility of the meeting between President Putin and President Trump. TASS has expressed surprise over the USA media's response and asked Russian and global organizations of journalists to express their attitude to the affair. "Not meet with the Russians?"

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