After meeting with President Trump at the White House in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said there was no talk of election interference and brushed off the notion that it was a topic of importance.
Lavrov did, however, acknowledge that he discussed election interference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but said it has yet to come up in his talks with Trump, according to The Associated Press.
“We haven’t exactly even discussed elections,” Lavrov said at a news conference at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Lavrov downplayed a question about whether or not Trump had shared any classified information with him during their meeting and told reporters, “If you find any secrets, the scoop is yours.” He also lamented the “wave of suspicion that has overcome Washington” with regard to election interference.
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“All speculation about our alleged interference in domestic processes of the United States is baseless,” Lavrov added.
In addition to discussing arms control, Pompeo and Lavrov reportedly highlighted Russian aggression against Ukraine, as well. Pompeo reiterated the United States’ position that Crimea belongs to Ukraine, and should not be subject to Russian control. The peninsula was annexed by Russia in 2014.
Lavrov’s arrival came after a meeting in Paris on Monday between Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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The meeting was considered an attempt to de-escalate tensions between the two nations amid a five-year separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. Both leaders agreed to exchange all prisoners and implement a cease-fire by the end of the year, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Fox News’ Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this report
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