U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson plans to skip scheduled for April 5-6 meeting of foreign Ministers of NATO countries to participate in the meeting of Chinese President XI Jinping, and later he will travel to Russia. About the Agency Reuters reported by a number of officials.
According to their information, Tillerson is going to miss the first period of his powers meeting in Brussels with 28 colleagues from NATO countries to participate in the negotiations of the President of Donald trump with XI Jinping at the resort Mar-a-Lago in Florida on April 6-7.
Also, as reported by two officials, Tillerson plans to visit Moscow on April 12.
Press Secretary of the state Department mark Toner has failed to promptly comment on this information.
Trump nominated the former head of Exxon Mobil Tillerson to the post of Secretary of state on December 13. He was later approved by the Senate of the Congress.
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