Russian Federation involved over Iran tensions

Russian Federation involved over Iran tensions

Russian Federation involved over Iran tensions

The Russian leader also welcomed the probe undertaken by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian collusion in the 2016 Presidential elections in the United States.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that dealing with Turkey is easier than the European Union.

"There were no assurances from Pompeo", Putin's spokesman told reporters.

LUCIAN KIM, BYLINE: Hi, Ari.

Lavrov welcomed talks between the Presidents of the two nations during the upcoming G20 summit, the idea of which was floated by Trump.

KIM: Yes, he did. "Our elections are important and sacred and they must be free and fair".

Pompeo, speaking earlier at a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, acknowledged deep differences on election meddling - and warned Russian Federation to stay out of next year's vote. And Pompeo told Lavrov he had come to Sochi because Trump is committed to a better relationship. Lavrov and Pompeo previously met in Finland earlier this month, and Trump and Putin recently spoke by phone for more than an hour.

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Moscow was sorry to see Iran's nuclear deal falling apart but stressed Russian Federation was not "a fire brigade" to "rescue everything". The administration has been issuing some ominous warnings about Iran's behavior.


Russia and the United States voiced hope Tuesday that badly strained relations could begin to improve despite wide differences on multiple fronts and deep mutual suspicion deepened by Russian meddling in American elections. Because if Iran becomes a nuclear power, its neighbors are likely to want to become nuclear powers. 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.

Pompeo sought to alleviate some of the concern but made clear the US would respond to attacks.

"We will gather together teams that will work not only on New START and its potential extension but on a broader range of arms-control initiatives, " Pompeo said. He later called on "every country that's interfering in Venezuela to cease doing that".

The letter cited a Reuters story from April 17 that reported how the administration's annual report to Congress assessing compliance with arms control agreements provoked a dispute with USA intelligence agencies and some State Department officials. The Venezuelan crisis may deteriorate into armed violence that could require a USA military response. What did both sides have to say about that today?

Both sides described the talks on Tuesday as "frank", saying that they want to improve relations strained for years over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and, more recently, over strategic arms control and United States efforts to oust Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.

"For our part, we have repeatedly said that we would also like to restore the relationship in full format". He said Democracy can not be brought about by force. After their meeting, both men said they had been far apart on many issues.

KIM: Well, actually they did.

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