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Putin calls for framework to denuclearize N.Korea

Pompeo meets Lavrov amid hope for improved US-Russia ties U.S., Russia foreign ministers meet in Sochi with full agenda of issues
Steven Clarke | 16 May, 2019, 12:32

Visiting Russia for the first time as Secretary of State, Mr Pompeo met Mr Putin in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi after talks with Mr Lavrov, during which time they clashed on issues ranging from Ukraine to Venezuela.

"It's clear that such insinuations are absolute fiction", he said after the talks with his United States counterpart.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Mr. Putin said that Iran risks ramping up the possibility of military conflict if it scraps key portions of the Obama-era nuclear deal.

Pompeo and Lavrov, who appeared at ease with other, were to brief President Vladimir Putin on the meeting in the evening.

Pompeo said he warned Russian Federation not to interfere in the 2020 US presidential election - something that USA authorities have said was possible - and he said Moscow needed to demonstrate it had halted such efforts.

However, the latest test-launching of missiles by Pyongyang is not only tantamount to a awful slap in the face for Trump, and may also undermine his record on foreign policy or even ruin his chances of winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

A Kremlin spokesman later said Putin would be open to a new meeting with Trump.

"However exotic the work of special counsel Mueller was, I have to say that on the whole, he had a very objective investigation", Putin said, according to a translator.

Iran says exercising restraint despite ‘unacceptable’ escalation of US sanctions
Some have suggested Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton don't see eye-to-eye on the strategy. Pelosi said Trump has "no business" moving toward a Middle East confrontation without approval from Congress.

He also said the two sides disagree on Venezuela and urged Russian Federation to end its support for President Nicolas Maduro.

"Despite the exotic nature of Mr. Mueller's commission, on the whole, he conducted quite an objective investigation and confirmed the absence of any collusion between the US administration and Russian Federation", he said.

"On Venezuela, we have disagreement", Pompeo said. He later called on "every country that's interfering in Venezuela to cease doing that".

Despite being at odds on that issue, Pompeo added, the US and Russian Federation should work to ease the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

"We fundamentally do not seek a war with Iran".

Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said that despite that the U.S. side displaying a constructive approach during the meeting, there was no breakthrough.

The move was reportedly a response to Tehran's alleged plans to carry out attacks on USA forces and allies in the Middle East.

Last week, the United States sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Middle East in response to intelligence that Iran was planning attacks on American interests.

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