Secretary Pompeo, Putin agree on political solution in Syria, deeper cooperation

A Russian RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile system rolls down the Red Square during the Victory Day parade in Moscow on 9 May 2019

"Most of all we must make sure we don't end up putting Iran back on the path to re-nuclearisation, because if Iran becomes a nuclear power its neighbours are likely to want to become nuclear powers", Hunt said.

Washington is sending an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to the Gulf, having already deployed an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the United States does not want war with Iran but vowed to keep pressuring Tehran. "These missiles could easily kill a Russian or an American", Pompeo said.

Pompeo - who like most of the U.S. political class, with the major exception of President Donald Trump, has been outspoken in his criticism of Putin - said that the two countries found areas on which to cooperate, and voiced optimism in breaking a deadlock on Syria.

"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 U.S. and Russia", Lavrov said, according to CBS News.

"We continue to fully support the nuclear deal with Iran, its full implementation", Mogherini said.

"We had a very productive conversation on pathways forward in Syria, things we can do together where we have a shared set of interests on how to move the political process forward", Pompeo told reporters at the airport before flying out. Since then it has slapped sweeping sanctions on Iran.

United Nations inspectors have said Iran is complying with the deal, and Moscow last week denounced new U.S. sanctions on the country's mining industry, calling for new talks to save the nuclear accord.

But the pair had little to agree on in their statements to the press some three hours later.

Pompeo warned Russian Federation not to meddle in the U.S. presidential election next year, calling on Moscow "to demonstrate that these types of activities are a thing of the past". Still, his claim of vindication covered only allegations that Russian Federation and the Trump campaign colluded to hurt Hillary Clinton's candidacy.

Putin's willing to meet Trump, but here's been no official invitation so far, Lavrov said.

Pompeo's visit represents the first high-level contact between Moscow and Washington since U.S. Special Counsel Robert Muller submitted a report examining the nature of Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Putin did not address Mueller's conclusion that Russian Federation actively interfered in the election.

"President Trump's made it clear that his expectation is that we have an improved relationship between our countries".

But Lavrov flatly rejected the request, denouncing United States and opposition "threats" against the Maduro government.



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