May 10, 2017

High tensions as Russian diplomat visits Washington

Featuring Julianne Smith

Source: The Hill

Journalist Morgan Chalfant

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with his Russian counterpart on Wednesday in Washington amid high tensions over Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election last year.

Adding to the drama: The meeting will take place a day after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into any ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. 

The trip is Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s first to Washington since 2013 and comes at what Tillerson has described as a low point in U.S.-Russia relationship. The White House announced Wednesday morning that Trump would meet with Lavrov at 10:30 a.m. in the Oval Office. The meeting is closed to the press. 

Read the full article at The Hill.


  • Julianne Smith

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedits “Shadow Government.” She is also a senior advisor at WestExec Advisors, an adjunct senio...