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US President Donald Trump warned Russia's FM Sergei Lavrov over interference in American elections and called on Moscow to resolve the conflict with Ukraine.

His remarks came at a meeting with Russian FM, TASS reported referring to White House press service.

According to the source, US President Donald Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Lavrov informed President Trump about his discussions on the state of bilateral relations.

President Trump has warned against any Russian interference in the US election and called on Russia to resolve the conflict with Ukraine.”

Lavrov said later he invited the American president to publish correspondence between Moscow and Washington on the interference ascribed to Russia in the elections.

Trade improvement

Trump said that improving bilateral relations will enhance mutual trade.

The parties reviewed the state of relations with China. The President noted that improving relations with Russia will increase bilateral trade, the White House said.

As US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier said in an interview with One America News Network, Trump instructed him to work with Russia in the field of business. 

The situation with detained citizens

The US President also discussed with the Russian FM how to improve the situation with the detained citizens of the two countries.

The President welcomed continued cooperation with Russia to address issues of mutual concern, including how the US and Russia can take positive steps regarding detained citizens, the White House said.

As Lavrov said at a press conference on Tuesday, American Paul Whelan, accused of espionage in Russia, is defiant and threatens employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service.

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