US, Russia foreign, defense ministers to meet Friday: US official

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet their Russian counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu on Friday in Washington, a US defense official said.

The so-called "2+2" meeting, to be held at the State Department, comes at a time of tensions between Washington and Russia over Moscow's decision to grant asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.