Top Diplomats of US, Russia Discuss N. Korea

Thursday, 16 May, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin received U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at his Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi yesterday.

"The talks were open and useful".

He added: "We hope this tumultuous situation will die down and we can finally move on to building a more professional and constructive dialogue". The U.S. backs opposition leader Juan Guaido.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, during his visit to Iran, has clarified that US is not planning to attack Iran, however, if Iran continues to threaten US interests, Washington will not hesitate to launch a decisive attack.

The top diplomats of Britain, France and Germany agreed to meet one-on-one with Pompeo but would not allow the Americans the symbolic victory of a group meeting.

Moscow and Washington are overdue to dispel "suspicions and prejudices on both sides", Lavrov said, and to "start building a new constructive framework" of how Russian Federation and the U.S see each other.

Pompeo's comments on the meeting didn't seem to indicate that he'd pressed the Russian president on election interference any harder than Trump had. "This gives us hope that some agreements can be reached", he said.

The two also differed on the issue of Venezuela, too.

"Democracy cannot be done by force. The threats against the Maduro government have nothing to do with democracy", he said.

The two sides described the talks as "frank, " saying that they wanted to improve relations strained for years over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and more recently over strategic arms control and USA efforts to oust Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.

"It's not about 'moving on.' It's about trying to find solutions, compromises, places where there are overlapping interests", he told reporters.

Another proposal was to create a bilateral business council, uniting the representatives of the commerce communities of the two countries.

"I am eagerly waiting for today's negotiations with Vladimir Putin".

The offensive threatens to unleash a major humanitarian catastrophe with 180,000 civilians already being forced to flee their homes in the last two weeks. President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal in May 2018.

Pompeo's comments came during his first official visit to Russian Federation, a key backer of Tehran which has blamed the current crisis on Washington's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

"The US stands ready to find common ground with Russian Federation". We don't seek a war nor do they.

Maas said he used his one-on-one meeting with Pompeo to stress that "we are concerned about the development and the tensions in the region, that we do not want there to be a military escalation".

"We checked our positions on a number of important aspects relating to the complete eradication of terrorism from the Syrian territories, providing conditions to resettle refugees, resolving humanitarian issues and launching political process in the framework of forming a constitutional committee".