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Sputnik: Russian FM Lavrov Refutes Claims That He Discussed Comey's Dismissal With Trump
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has refuted the claims that he had ostensibly discussed the dismissal of the former FBI director Comey with US President Donald Trump during the minister's meeting with the US President on May 10.
Earlier this week, mainstream media outlets like the Washington Post, New York Times published articles claiming that Trump had told Lavrov that firing Comey ameliorated "great pressure."
"We did not touch on that topic at all," Lavrov told reporters on Saturday.
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Update #1: Russia's Lavrov says he did not discuss Comey with Trump: Interfax (Reuters)
Update #2: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov denies Comey firing brought up in Trump meeting (USA Today)
WNU Editor: If there is one thing that I know about the Russian Foreign Ministry and that I can share with this readership is that they usually stay away from commenting on what the U.S. news media publishes and posts. But when they come across a story that they believe is fake/fabrication/not true .... and it involves them personally .... they always react with lightning speed. What has gotten Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov all worked up is this story .... Trump told Russians that firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey eased pressure from investigation. (NYT) .... a story that has since been carried by all the major wire services and news media last night .... Report: Trump says firing ‘nut job’ Comey took off pressure (AP). This story has also eclipsed President Trump's trip to the Middle East .... being the headline in many news broadcasts. And while I do not know who the New York Times' source is and/or whether the story is true ..... I do know that Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov believes it is a fake story and a deliberate lie.