The White House on Tuesday reiterated its position that the United States does not recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea.
"We don’t recognize Russia’s attempts to annex Crimea at all,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters as Trump flew to West Virginia. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin plan to hold a summit on July 16 in Helsinki.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow and Washington had agreed that he would meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after President Vladimir Putin holds a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on July 16.
Lavrov said his meeting with Pompeo would have to take place after the summit in Helsinki and not before because of his U.S. counterpart's tight schedule.
Lavrov, who was speaking at a news conference with his Jordanian counterpart, also said that Moscow hoped the Putin-Trump summit would serve as a platform for what he called a frank conversation about all the issues that trouble U.S.-Russia relations.