Lavrov and Pompeo hold meeting in Helsinki

Lavrov and Pompeo hold meeting in Helsinki

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks on the sidelines of the Russian-US summit in Helsinki.

The top diplomats are holding talks simultaneously with the summit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump.

Lavrov and Pompeo greeted each other and shook hands. The talks are being held behind closed doors.

It is the first ever one-on-one meeting for Lavrov and Pompeo since the latter’s appointment as the Secretary of State. Before that, they had talked several times by phone.

Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov and US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman also took part in the talks between Lavrov and Pompeo, TASS reported.