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WASHINGTON, May 10. /TASS/. Sergey Lavrov has noted that firing of FBI director is Washington’s internal affair and Moscow has nothing to do with it.
#Lavrov: Was FBI Director James Comey fired? You’re kidding! pic.twitter.com/5OXNKBF2QA— MFA Russia (@mfa_russia) 10 May 2017
Before the beginning of the negotiations between Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, US journalists traditionally started shouting out, trying to ask the top diplomats questions. One of the reporters asked whether today's talks will be overshadowed by the dismissal of the FBI director.
"He's fired?! Are you kidding me?" Lavrov reacted ironically.
Today, Secretary Tillerson and #Russia's FM Lavrov met to continue dialogue and exchange views on a range of topics. https://t.co/Dv82ho7p4X pic.twitter.com/A8EjBF7r8z— Department of State (@StateDept) 10 May 2017
"I have nothing to do with such issues. I can give you plenty of examples when somebody fires or appoints someone to a post in Russia, France or the United Kingdom. It is your (the United States’) internal affair," the Russian top diplomat stated.
The White House said earlier in the day that Trump had fired FBI Director, James Comey. A statement from Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Comey had been removed from office on the recommendations of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey is not related to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, the US Vice President Mike Pence has also said.
According to Pence, Comey had lost the confidence of the American people.
"It’s time for a fresh start," Pence added while speaking with reporters in the Congress.
Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 10 May 2017
The search for a new FBI director will begin immediately, the White House said.