Kerry Says He Raised Democrat Email Hack With Russia’s Lavrov

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attend a meeting in Moscow, Russia, July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attend a meeting in Moscow, Russia, July 15. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he raised the issue of the hacking of Democratic Party e-mails in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Before the meeting Lavrov brushed off accusations that Moscow was behind the hacking.

Kerry also said he would encourage the Philippines to engage in bilateral negotiations with China to resolve their dispute over rival claims in the South China Sea. After a two-day visit to Laos, Kerry is due to travel to the Philippines later on Wednesday, where he will meet Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.