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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday he would
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday he would meet with new U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before the G20 summit on April 2.

"I agreed with Hillary Clinton that we would meet before the G20 summit due on April 2 in London," he told journalists.

Lavrov and Clinton, who assumed office on January 21, held a phone conversation earlier this week. The Russian and U.S. presidents, Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama, agreed during a telephone conversation on Monday to hold a bilateral meeting in the near future.

"Both conversations were constructive. Both parties confirmed their interest in restarting Russian-U.S. relations," Lavrov said.

Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States last week, becoming the country's first African-American head of state.

The Russian business daily Kommersant has said, citing a source close to the U.S. State Department, that Obama could pay a visit to Moscow in April.

According to the source, Obama will set off for his first European tour in April and is to visit London on April 2 to participate in the G20 summit, where he will meet with Medvedev for the first time.

Obama will then attend a NATO summit on April 3-4 in Strasbourg, France and Kehl, Germany to mark the 60th anniversary of the military alliance.

The source told Kommersant that Obama could fly to Moscow after the summit. The previous U.S. president, George Bush, flew to Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi after last year's NATO summit in Bucharest.

He added however that U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was likely to visit Russia in March before Obama's trip to Moscow. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the date of Clinton's visit had not yet been agreed on.


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