Russian Foreign Minister claimed that him and Rex Tillerson discussed the possibility of meeting and that the relevant suggestion to do so in Addis Ababa had been made by the Russian side, in Harare on Thursday.

"When it appeared that both of us would be in Addis Ababa tonight, we sent our suggestions [to meet] to the Americans and they said that they would consider them," said the Russian Foreign Minister.

Earlier, the US side claimed that it hadn't received any suggestion from the Russian side for Lavrov and Tillerson to meet in Ethiopia this week.

Sergei Lavrov said that he "didn't want to comment" on the issue but had to after the US claimed that there were no discussions of him meeting Tillerson in Addis Ababa.

"Since they [Americans] deemed it appropriate to make such a statement, I would like to say that it is not true," stated Lavrov. He went on to say that the possibility of meeting had been discussed since January.

After discussions, Russian and American foreign ministers "agreed that as soon as we realise that we may be somewhere together at approximately the same time, we are going to try to meet," claimed Lavrov.

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