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Russian, U.S. Top Diplomats Plan to Meet in Alaska Next Week

Russian, U.S. Top Diplomats Plan to  Meet in Alaska Next Week

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plan to meet in the United States next week, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
Lavrov and Tillerson discussed over phone the schedule of upcoming talks on the sidelines of an Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Alaska on May 10 and 11, the statement read.
The meeting will be the second within one month between the two diplomats, after Russia and the United States failed to mend their ties as many had expected under Donald Trump's presidency.
The Russian statement did not disclose what issues Lavrov and Tillerson would mainly discuss in Alaska.
During Monday's phone conversation, Lavrov and Tillerson exchanged views on an international meeting on Syria to be held in the Kazakh capital of Astana on Wednesday and Thursday. 
The Syrian civil war, the Ukrainian crisis and the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have been major obstacles distancing Moscow and Washington. (Xinhua)