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The Latest: Trump, top Russia envoy to meet at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (all times local):

11:00 p.m.

The White House says President Donald Trump will meet Wednesday with Vladimir Putin’s top diplomat, marking the highest level, face-to-face contact with Russia of the American leader’s young presidency. It would also signal that the two countries have improved ties that Trump recently described as being at an “all-time low.”

Trump’s talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR’-gay LAHV’-rahf) will take place at the White House after the Russian meets earlier in the day with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The meetings come a day after Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, dramatically ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of the bureau’s investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia and Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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6:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump could meet with Vladimir Putin’s top diplomat at the White House on Wednesday.

A U.S. official and a person knowledgeable of the plans are describing what would be the highest level, face-to-face contact with Russia of Trump’s presidency.

It would also signal that the two countries have improved ties that Trump recently described as being at an “all-time low.”

Trump’s talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would occur after the Russian’s meetings earlier in the day with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

They weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. The White House declined a request for confirmation.

A Russian plan to stabilize Syria after over six years of civil war is the most urgent foreign policy topic on the agenda.

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