Pompeo to hold talks in Brussels

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boards a plane before departing from London Stansted Airport north of London

Pompeo is on his way to the Black Sea resort of Sochi where he plans to meet Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday to discuss Iran.

Pompeo's visit to Moscow and Sochi on May 13 and 14 comes days after US President Donald Trump spoke over phone with Putin for about an hour earlier this week over various matters, including Venezuela and a potential three-way nuclear deal that includes China.

This will be the second meeting between Lavrov and Pompeo this month.

The meeting holds prominence particularly because Russian Federation and the USA have taken diametrically opposed stands in the ongoing Venezuelan political crisis.

Iran and the United States could trigger a conflict by accident in an already unstable Gulf region, Britain's foreign minister said on Monday, urging a period of calm ahead of talks between the European Union and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Pompeo will meet with Putin on Tuesday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, in the highest-level USA engagement with the Russian leader since a July summit in Helsinki after which Trump faced wide scorn at home for his trustful embrace of the Russian leader. This will be the highest-level talks between the USA and Russian Federation in 10 months. State Department officials say Pompeo intends to raise the "aggressive and destabilizing" actions Russian Federation is taking worldwide.

European leaders agree with the United States that Iran's developing ballistic missile program and its belligerent behavior in its region and are problematic.

"It is in our interest to have a better relationship with Russian Federation", the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

He said: "We are very anxious about risk of a conflict happening by accident with an escalation that is unintended really on either side.And so we'll be sharing those concerns with my European counterparts, with Mike Pompeo".

They have also introduced a "blocking statute" protecting European companies from the effects of US sanctions, but many worldwide corporations do more business in the United States than in Iran and have already severed ties there rather than risk running afoul of Washington.

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