Pompeo demands Russian Federation not interfere in U.S. 2020 election

Friday, 17 May, 2019

Pompeo was set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence in Sochi later in the evening, for the countries' highest-level bilateral talks in almost a year.

Tensions have sharply escalated between arch-rivals Washington and Tehran since US President Donald Trump withdrew previous year from the Iran nuclear deal which removed sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear programme. "We are ready to continue playing a positive role".

Mogherini planned to meet Monday afternoon with the foreign ministers of Germany, Britain and France, who are the European guarantors of the Iran deal. "These missiles could easily kill a Russian or an American", Pompeo said.

Tensions are mounting between Iran and the United States and they have been for a while, stemming from disagreements over Iran's nuclear capabilities.

"For me, it created the impression that the president intends to restore Russian-American connections and contacts to resolve joint issues that present mutual interests". "We have no plans in this regard", said Trump, who hoped he would not have to "examine this type of eventuality".

"We of course heard President Trump's statement that he expects to hold a meeting with President Putin, " Lavrov said in the news conference. This included Venezuela, Ukraine, Syria, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, counter-terrorism, and arms control agreements, including the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty which the Trump team has said it is withdrawing from in response to alleged Russian violations.

"We've said many times that we also want to fully restore our relations".

Ushakov told reporters that Tuesday's meeting did not bring about a breakthrough in the Russia-U.S. relations, but the discussion was still good and meaningful as the U.S. side showed signs of a constructive approach toward an improvement in bilateral relations.

However, it said: "slower demand growth is likely to be short-lived, as we believe that the pace will pick up during the rest of the year".

KIM: Well, Pompeo said he urged Russian Federation, in his words, to support the Venezuelan people. In Sochi, Pompeo said his country did not want war with Iran, despite a spike in tensions that has seen the Pentagon dispatch nuclear-capable bombers to the region.

Yet, it was not just publics in the United States and Russian Federation that watched the Pompeo meetings on Tuesday closely, but also in Europe too.

Lavrov defended Russia's position and said the threats Maduro's government is receiving from USA administration officials coupled with Guaido's seeming support for a foreign military intervention, "bear no relation to democracy". In Buenos Aires, Trump and Putin chatted shortly during dinner and had no other encounters, even as global tensions grew and US-Russian relations crumbled.