U.S., Russia Diplomats To Meet Monday

- Jul 15, 2017 -

Senior diplomats from the U.S. and Russia will meet Monday in Washington, a State Department spokeswoman announced Tuesday.

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon will meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov to discuss "so-called irritants" between the two countries, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.


President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg. (AP/Evan Vucci)

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The two diplomats were originally scheduled to meet in St. Petersburg this month, but Russia canceled the meeting in response to the threat of new sanctions against it for its election meddling, human rights violations and its annexation of Ukraine.

Passed by the Senate, the bill imposing these new sanctions is stalled in the House of Representatives, with an additional provision that would keep the presidentfrom removing the sanctions without congressional approval.

The planned meeting was announced the same day that Donald Trump Jr. released emails he exchanged with a Russian lawyerduring his father's campaign for information against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the latest revelation in the ongoing investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

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