Smoke at Vnukovo Airport as Rex Tillerson arrives for talks
His visit comes just days after Donald Trump ordered a missile strike in Syria, cranking up tensions between the US and Russia.
a time of heightened tension between the nations, following Donald Trump's military action recent in Syria.
Mr Tillerson, who was previously awarded the Russian Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin, said he was "hopeful" for positive discussions.
He said: "We want to relieve the suffering of the Syrian people. We want to create a future for Syria that is stable and secure.
"And so Russia can be a part of that future and play an important role, or Russia can maintain its alliance with this group, will not serve Russia's interest longer-term.
"But only Russia can answer that question."
Thick smoke decended on the airport as Mr Tillerson landed at around 3pm UK time.
The fire was caused by grass and rubbish burning outside the airport, according to local media reports.
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