Some Democratic lawmakers say they are very concerned by the ongoing investigations into Russian hacking and other interference in the 2016 US elections, and possible collusion between members of then-candidate Donald Trump's team and Russia.
Still, the overlap between the FBI Russia investigation and Mr Trump's diplomatic efforts could not be brushed aside. Trump said the meeting consisted of discussions "about Russian Federation and various other matters". "You're kidding! You're kidding!"
On Syria, where Russian Federation has backed President Bashar Assad's forces and the US has supported anti-Assad rebels, the talks appeared to indicate a slight narrowing of differences.
Lavrov met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson behind closed doors, and following their discussion, the two men appeared before the media for a photo op and brief remarks. US intelligence agencies have asserted that Moscow meddled in the election to help Trump's chances of victory.
Russian Federation denies the allegations.
"I believe that it is politicians who are damaging the political system of the U.S. trying to pretend that someone is trying to controlling America from the outside", Lavrov said.
Mr Trump expressed his interest in pursuing "business-like relations" with Russian Federation, according to Mr Lavrov. The press then tried to ask questions about Comey's stunning termination by President Trump a day earlier.
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The operation was created to "enhance the combat skills of the forces" to safeguard national security, the brief statement said. China has invested heavily in both ballistic and cruise missiles.
The administration said the FBI's Russian Federation probe was not a factor in the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's dismissal, but during the final days of the election, Trump had praised Comey's announcement about the Clinton probe.
The response - and Lavrov's dismissive shrug and eye-roll before walking away with Tillerson - was widely interpreted as mockery.
In a Senate hearing Monday, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she bluntly warned Trump's White House in January that Flynn "essentially could be blackmailed" by the Russians because he apparently had lied to his bosses about his contacts with Kislyak.
According to him, both meetings revolved around resolving the ongoing conflict in Syria and Tillerson's proposals for de-escalation zones in the country.
Tensions in the relationship grew following United States air strikes against a Syrian airfield in April in response to a chemical weapons attack that Washington blamed on Assad. But the Russians' visit to the White House also came as the Kremlin made its first public comments on Comey's removal.
Russia, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has taken a central role in ongoing Syria peace talks, while the United States - which continues to target ISIS in Syria and Iraq as part of an global coalition - has not been directly involved.
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