US, Russia’s senior diplomats holding talks in Helsinki today


US and Russia’s senior diplomats are holding talks in Helsinki today, amid tensions between the two countries over a range of issues.

According to the US State Department, the current round of talks will include senior US diplomat David Hale and Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov.

US-Russia ties remain strained by disagreement on Syria to Ukraine and allegations of Russian interference in US politics, which Moscow denies.