US and Russian foreign ministers to meet in Iceland in bid to ease friction

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    #US Secretary of State Antony #Blinken and #Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei #Lavrov are due to hold talks on Wednesday night ahead of a possible presidential summit in June in an attempt to improve the dire relations between the former Cold War foes. FRANCE 24’s Chief Foreign Editor Rob Parsons tells us more.

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