U.S. President-elect Donald Trump appears on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on November 10, 2016.
Russia Probes have posed the biggest threat to Trump administration having already led to a number of repercussions.
"It will have no affect", Putin said through an interpreter.
The Russian diplomat had not visited Washington since 2013, a year before Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and two years before it intervened militarily in Syria to help President Bashar Assad remain in power. 'We want to see the killing, the disgusting killing, stopped in Syria as soon as possible and everyone is working toward that end, ' he said.
"It appears that the President and Secretary Tillerson were more focused on making friends with Minister Lavrov than confronting Putin's envoy on Russia's troubling behavior", Engel said in a statement.
The Trump Administration has suggested the sanctions are going to remain in place until Russian Federation gives the Crimean Peninsula to Ukraine, which is to say forever.
Russian Federation has denied that Kislyak is a spy, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova saying: "Honestly speaking, I only have one question: is this the lowest the Western media can reach or can they sink even lower?"
"I don't doubt that the Russians are hacking us".
The Trump administration denies claims of collusion with Russian Federation.
In addition to posting the Lavrov-Trump picture, the foreign ministry also posted video of Lavrov joking about Comey's firing.
Afghan officials say three civilians were killed in militant gun battles
The Taliban fund 60 percent of their activities through the illicit narcotics economy. Mattis has not said whether he will recommend more US troops be sent.
When a reporter asked whether the dismissal has "cast a shadow" over their talks, Lavrov stopped and seemed to look genuinely quizzical when he responded, "Was he fired?" - but then adopted a deadpan tone as he told the reporter, "You are kidding, you are kidding".
"You're kidding. You're kidding".
Kislyak is at the center of the FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's potential Russian ties.
Senior Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said the Oval Office encounter was a photo opportunity for Russian Federation.
Wednesday's meetings followed talks Tillerson held with Putin last month in Moscow. "At the same time, there is the need here to have cautious optimism now as a lot of work is ahead", TASS cited Peskov as saying.
Trump commended the conversation with Lavrov.
The White House said Trump "raised the possibility of broader cooperation on resolving conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere" and still sought to build a better relationship between the two countries.
It is too early to draw conclusions of a possible thaw in Russian-US relations but the fact that dialogue is being conducted is positive in itself, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.
None of the US White House correspondents was invited. Trump often called for the creation of "safe zones" in Syria on the campaign trail as part of his reasoning to ban Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. Tillerson himself made a mention of "interim zones of stability" in an address to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, but has offered few details.