July 4, 2018 / 10:40 AM / a year ago

Top Russian, U.S. diplomats to meet after Putin-Trump summit: Russian foreign minister

FILE PHOTO: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting in Moscow, Russia April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow and Washington had agreed that he would meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after President Vladimir Putin holds a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on July 16.

Lavrov said his meeting with Pompeo would have to take place after the summit in Helsinki and not before because of his U.S. counterpart’s tight schedule.

Lavrov, who was speaking at a news conference with his Jordanian counterpart, also said that Moscow hoped the Putin-Trump summit would serve as a platform for what he called a frank conversation about all the issues that trouble U.S.-Russia relations.

(This story has been refiled to insert dropped word ‘U.S.’ in headline)

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova and Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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