11 May 2017

News Story: U.S. president expresses desire to improve relations with Russia

WASHINGTON, May 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday emphasized his desire to build a better relationship between the United States and Russia, the White House said.

Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Washington DC, Trump raised the possibility of broader cooperation on resolving conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere, the White House said in a statement.

The meeting came amid tensions between the U.S. and Russia as the two countries hold differences on a slew of issues, including the Syrian conflict, the Ukrainian crisis and the expansion of NATO.

Trump, who has expressed hopes of repairing relations with Moscow, said last month that the U.S. was "not getting along with Russia at all" and the relations between the two countries "may be at an all-time low."

At Wednesday's meeting, Trump emphasized the need to work together to end the conflict in Syria, underscoring the need for Russia to "rein in the Assad regime, Iran, and Iranian proxies."

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