Lavrov says Trump's special rep for Ukraine headed to Moscow

MANILA, Philippines — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says President Trump’s special representative for Ukraine negotiations will soon make his first trip to Moscow.

Lavrov says U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made that commitment during their meeting Sunday in the Philippines.

Lavrov says American Kurt Volker will travel to Russia to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Volker will meet with Vladislav Surkov, the Russian envoy for the Ukraine crisis.

The Trump administration named Volker to the position in July. Volker made his first trip to eastern Ukraine last month.

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U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson gestures before the 10th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting, part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Manila, Philippines.

U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson gestures before the 10th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting, part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Manila, Philippines.

Lavrov also says Tillerson has asked him for details about Moscow’s recent action to retaliate against American sanctions.

Lavrov says he explained how Russia will carry out its response. But Lavrov isn’t giving out details.

The Kremlin says the U.S. must cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755 people. But there’s been confusion because the U.S. is believed to have far fewer than 755 American employees in the country.

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