US State Department: Tillerson plans to visit Russia in April

 US State Department: Tillerson plans to visit Russia in April

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to visit Russia in April, US officials said.

Tillerson intends to miss what would have been his first meeting of the 28 NATO allies on April 5-6 in Brussels so that he can attend US President Donald Trump's expected April 6-7 talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, four current and former US officials said.

A State Department spokeswoman said Tillerson would meet on Wednesday with foreign ministers from 26 of the 27 other NATO countries at a gathering of the coalition working to defeat the ISIS militant group, Reuters reported.

"After these consultations and meetings, in April he will travel to a meeting of the G7 (Group of Seven) in Italy and then on to meetings in Russia," she added.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, in turn, said that Moscow will neither confirm nor refute at this stage the information about Tillerson's visit to Russia in April.

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