WASHINGTON Russia’s international minister sarcastically acknowledged the abrupt dismissal of FBI director James Comey by stating ‘Was he fired? You happen to be kidding. You happen to be kidding’ as he posed on Wednesday for pictures with U.S. Secretary of Point out Rex Tillerson.
President Donald Trump surprised Washington on Tuesday with his final decision to fire Comey, whose agency is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the chance Trump associates may possibly have colluded with Moscow.
The go provoked a storm of criticism amid Democrats who reported Trump was striving to blunt the FBI probe, and some of the president’s fellow Republicans also questioned the timing of the ouster. White House officials denied any political motive in the go by Trump, who took workplace on Jan. twenty.
Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov satisfied Tillerson at the Point out Section right before he was to head to the White House for talks with Trump.
Requested by a reporter if Comey’s dismissal would forged a shadow over his talks with Tillerson, Lavrov acknowledged the elephant in the space by replying in a sarcastic tone: “Was he fired? You happen to be kidding. You happen to be kidding.”
Tillerson built no reference to Comey as he and Lavrov shook arms and posed for pictures.
“I want to welcome International Minister Lavrov to the Point out Section and categorical my appreciation for him earning the vacation to Washington so that we could keep on our dialogue and our trade of views that started in Moscow with the dialogue he hosted on a extremely broad selection of matters,” he reported.
In Moscow, the Kremlin reported on Wednesday it hoped that Comey’s firing would not impact Russia’s ties with the United States, stating it believed his dismissal experienced nothing to do with Russia.
Through a pay a visit to to Moscow in April Tillerson satisfied both of those Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin and explained the low level of have faith in concerning the two nations, who have sharp differences over Syria, Ukraine and a host of other issues.
“The world’s two foremost nuclear powers are unable to have this type of romantic relationship,” Tillerson reported at the time.
Trump consistently reported throughout his presidential campaign that he would seek out nearer ties with Russia.
(Reporting By Arshad Mohammed Editing by Frances Kerry)