On Wednesday morning, President Trump will hold a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office, the White House says. It will be closed to the news media. This is Lavrov's first visit to Washington since 2013, and Trump's highest-level meeting with a Russian government official since taking office. And though it was first announced a week ago, the meeting also comes hours after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the bureau's investigation into any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the presidential race.
Before the meeting with Trump, Lavrov will meet separately with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; they are expected to talk about Syria, Ukraine, and U.S.-Russia relations.