Putin, Pompeo express readiness to restore Russia-US relations

Putin, Pompeo express readiness to restore Russia-US relations

Putin, Pompeo express readiness to restore Russia-US relations

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travelled to Russian Federation to sit down with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the hopes that the two countries can could find a new way forward.

The renewed diplomacy followed the long-awaited report in the U.S. by investigator Robert Mueller which found that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election but that the Trump campaign did not collude with Moscow, partially lifting a cloud that had hung over the mogul-turned-president for two years.

On May, Lavrov and Pompeo held talks in Finland on the sidelines of the 11th ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council and discussed topics concerning "strategic stability", Lavrov said later at a news conference. Putin said he hopes the conditions now exist to fully restore relations now that the Mueller investigation is over.

"I urged Russian Federation to reach out to Ukraine's new president [Volodymyr Zelensky], to demonstrate a leadership by taking step towards breaking the stalemate", he said.

LUCIAN KIM, BYLINE: Hi, Ari. Putin's willing to meet Trump, but here's been no official invitation so far, Lavrov said.

KIM: Yes, he did. "If Russia were to engage in that in 2020, it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it is".

But the Europeans said they are fearful about the behaviour of both Iran and the Trump Administration. And Pompeo told Lavrov he had come to Sochi because Trump is committed to a better relationship.

But Pompeo said that in his talks with Lavrov, he "underscored that we must maintain full implementation of the United Nations sanctions until the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea is achieved".

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian described the remarks suggesting that Iran might renege on the agreement as "very worrying", given that the European Union is still respecting the deal and trying to bolster the country's economy. I mean, Russian Federation helped Iran actually build a nuclear power plant.

Trump, he said, wants the United States and Russian Federation "to do everything we can" to create a future that is "more successful" for both countries and the world as a whole.

The US has pulled out of a nuclear deal backed by the Europeans, Russia and China and instead has slapped sweeping sanctions on Iran in an all-out effort to curb Tehran's regional clout.

"We have many differences here but the fact we will continue to discuss the situation that gives us hope that certain agreements could be reached with the support of the USA and Russia", Lavrov said, according to CBS News. He also was critical of USA sanctions punishing countries doing business with Iran.

The threats against the legitimate Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, from American officials and the Gauido, who all the time assumes the right to call for a foreign invasion, have nothing to do with democracy, he stated. National Security Advisor John Bolton, meanwhile, consciously pushes for escalation with regime change (if not Iran´s disintegration) as the ultimate goal.

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