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Russian government releases photos of Oval Office meeting

President Donald Trump met today with Russia's foreign minister and US ambassador less than a day after his firing of FBI Director James Comey. Trump on Wednesday welcomed Vladimir Putin's top diplomat to the White House for Trump's highest level face-to-face contact with a Russian government official since he took office in January.

"It's an internal US matter", the Russian president said.

Earlier at the State Department, Lavrov made a joke when a reporter asked if Comey's firing would "cast a shadow on your talks".

White House officials told the publication that they were not expecting to see the photos of the meeting posted online by the Russian news agency. Lavrov continued: "You are kidding".

The meetings were nevertheless somewhat overshadowed by the uproar in Washington over Trump's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey - the man who was leading a probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election. The Trump administration cited Comey's handling of the FBI's investigation into former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's emails as the reason for his termination. Lavrov turned comic after his host, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, uttered a few words of welcome.

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"He was not doing a good job", Trump said.

Relations only worsened in the weeks following Trump's decision last month to bomb the Syrian airfield where the Bashar Assad regime - a key ally of Russian Federation - reportedly carried out a chemical attack on its own people.

"I believe that politicians are damaging the political system of the US, trying to pretend that someone is controlling America from the outside".

Tillerson's meeting with Lavrov is the second since Tillerson has been in office. Critical details need to be finalised, and the U.S. response has been cautious. The two countries have failed to come to an agreement on how to end the violence as both of them support different factions in fighting the Islamic State.

Tillerson and Lavrov will discuss Ukraine, Syria, and other issues. Russian Federation is reportedly pushing for a creation of de-escalation zones even though finer details of the plan are yet to be finalized. The White House, however, did not elaborate further on Trump's meeting with Lavrov.

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