Moscow and Washington are looking to “remove all the barriers” to having a better relationship, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said following talks at the White House.
Mr Lavrov met with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday.
Improved relations and the war in Syria apparently dominated the agenda.
But critics questioned the timing of the meetings, a day after Mr Trump fired FBI director James Comey.
Mr Comey was leading an investigation into alleged Russian interference in last year’s US election.
Clearly impatient with journalists’ repeated questions about Mr Comey, Mr Lavrov rejected claims that Moscow had intervened in the presidential election as “fabrications”.