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British interior minister to discuss Russia, terrorism on U.S. visit

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LONDON (Reuters) – New British interior minister Sajid Javid will travel shortly to the United States to discuss threats posed by Russia, international terrorism and organised crime with top U.S. officials, Javid’s office said on Tuesday.

Javid will meet U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other officials over the coming days in his first trip to the United States since being appointed on April 30.

“Top of the agenda will be cementing the leading role both countries play in tackling international terrorism, serious and organised crime and the threat posed by Russia,” a British interior ministry spokesman said.

Britain’s relations with Russia are at a post-Cold War low following the poisoning of former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal in the English city of Salisbury in March.

“In the wake of the Salisbury attack, (Javid) will seek a coordinated approach against the threat of hostile state activity including targeting illicit finance and cyber attacks,” the spokesman for Javid added.

British accusations that Russia was behind the nerve agent attack led to a diplomatic crisis in which Western governments, including the United States, have expelled more than 100 Russian diplomats. Russia has denied any involvement in the poisoning and retaliated by expelling Western diplomats.

(Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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