WASHINGTON (AP) _ Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov will fly here in mid-May to meet with Secretary of State Colin Powell amid a sometimes bumpy relationship between their two countries.

The Middle East and U.S. aspirations to shield the United States from missile attack are among items on the agenda, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said.

The visit was arranged by Powell and Ivanov in a telephone conversation Thursday.

The arrest of a senior FBI agent, Robert Hanssen, earlier this year on charges of spying for Russia touched off mass expulsions here and in Moscow as well as some sharp rhetoric.

But President Bush said last month he was ``confident we can have a good relationship with the Russians.''

``We've got some areas where we can work together,'' Bush said.

Boucher on Thursday called the relationship important and said the two sides should cooperate in areas of mutual interest.