Pompeo Meets With Lavrov & Putin Over Iran, Venezuela, 2020 Elections

Pompeo meets Lavrov amid hope for improved US-Russia ties

"Iran, after signing of the treaty, is the most verifiable and most transparent country in the world in this sense", he said.

Washington previous year pulled out of a nuclear deal backed by Europe, Russia and China, which curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for sanctions relief.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Russia's president and foreign minister today in the resort town of Sochi.

The US top diplomat added that if American interests are attacked by Iran, the United States will "most certainly respond in the appropriate fashion".

"There were no assurances from Pompeo", Putin's spokesman said.

But Pompeo also named regions where he saw potential for the United States and Russian Federation to work together more closely. "I hope that Russian Federation takes advantage of those opportunities". "Absolutely. But we have not planned for that.if we did that we'd sent a hell of a lot more troops than that.the New York Times is fake news".

"My impression is that the president is set to restore Russian-American relations, contacts, to jointly resolve issues that are of mutual interest to us", Putin told Pompeo in front of reporters before a private meeting on Tuesday.

"We fundamentally do not seek a war with Iran", Pompeo said.

Since then it has slapped sweeping sanctions on Iran.

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The US has recently ramped up the pressure, deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and nuclear-capable bombers to counter vaguely described threats from Iran.

"I've repeatedly told our Iranian partners that, in my opinion, it would be advisable for Iran to stay within the deal no matter what", Putin said.

Earlier, during the joint press conference after talks with Lavrov, Pompeo issued a few stern warnings to Russian Federation, saying it should refrain from interfering in the 2020 U.S election, free captured Ukrainian sailors and try to make peace with Ukraine.

But the pair had little to agree on in their statements to the press some three hours later.

"However exotic the work of special counsel Mueller was, I have to say that on the whole he has had a very objective investigation and he confirmed that there were no traces whatsoever of collusion between Russian Federation and the incumbent administration, which we said was absolutely fake", Putin said as he opened the meeting with Pompeo in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Kim used the occasion to accuse the United States of acting in "bad faith" after his second summit with President Donald Trump ended in stalemate in Hanoi.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has called on Russia's leadership to find common language with Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky.

But Lavrov flatly rejected the request, denouncing United States and opposition "threats" against the Maduro government.

"We will gather together teams that will work not only on New START and its potential extension but on a broader range of arms-control initiatives, " Pompeo said.

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