US, Russia foreign, defence ministers to meet Friday: US official
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet their Russian counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu on Friday in Washington, a US defence official said.
The so-called "2+2" meeting, to be held at the State Department, comes at a time of tensions between Washington and Russia over Moscow's decision to grant asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
The White House has said it is reassessing the "utility" of a planned summit between US President Barack Obama and Russia's Vladimir Putin, which had been set for early September.
The US defence official, who spoke on Tuesday to AFP on condition of anonymity, declined to provide details about the agenda for the talks.