Pompeo to Lavrov: Trump Administration doesn't recognize Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea

15 May, 2019, 10:38 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Pompeo meets Lavrov amid hope for improved US-Russia ties

Putin is expected to receive Pompeo Tuesday evening after the USA secretary of state holds talks with Moscow's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov.

After meeting with Putin, Pompeo told reporters: "So it's not about moving on". "I got the impression that the [US] president was inclined to re-establish Russian-American relations and contacts to resolve together the issues that are of mutual interest to us".

Both Lavrov and Pompeo said they shared a desire to improve battered ties despite not being able to confirm a suggestion by Trump that he would meet Putin on the sidelines of a meeting of the G20 in Japan next month. "It's about trying to find solutions, compromises, places where there are overlapping interests you can make progress unlocking some of the most hard problems that are facing us".

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. This will benefit each of our people.

A Kremlin aide said the talks had not yielded any breakthrough but had been held in a business-like atmosphere.

Pompeo told reporters after his talks with Putin that the two sides had a "very productive" conversation on Syria and how to move the political process there forward and were able to "make some truly constructive process points" on Afghanistan. They would also like Iran to stay in the Iran nuclear deal so that they never acquire a nuclear weapon.

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

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Hook made the remarks after The New York Times newspaper reported that the White House is reviewing military plans that could see the deployment of up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack USA forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons.

It is Pompeo's first visit to Russian Federation as secretary of state.

The top USA diplomat also issued a few stern warnings to Moscow saying it should refrain from interfering in the 2020 U.S election, free captured Ukrainian sailors and try to make peace with Kyiv. "It's about trying to find solutions, compromises, places where there are overlapping interests".

Putin, speaking ahead of talks with Pompeo, also said that Russian Federation had never interfered in USA elections and that he and Pompeo had something to talk about when it came to stability on global energy markets.

Crimea was illegally annexed in March 2014.

Despite Trump's conciliatory attitude toward Putin, Washington and Moscow are at loggerheads on an array of urgent strategic questions, including the Venezuelan crisis, Iran, the Syrian civil war and the conflict in Ukraine.

At least one, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said he feared that unintentional escalation from the U.S. and Iran could spark a conflict - an unusually bold statement that appeared to assign equal culpability to Washington and Tehran.

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