Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov will meet for talks on Monday with US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, according to the press service of the US Department of State.

“Under Secretary Shannon will attend a working luncheon with Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov, in Washington, DC,” the statement from the US Department of State said.

The meeting begins at 12:30 local time and will be closed for press coverage, the statement added.

Antonov earlier said that contacts between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump demonstrate how significant the cooperation between Russia and the United States is.

The Russian diplomat added that this was a second telephone conversation between the Russian and American presidents over the past week.

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