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Pompeo comes to Sochi for meeting with Putin

US-Iran tensions, nuclear arms control and settling Venezuela-related issues will be among the topics discussed
16:44, 14 May 2019

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The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Russian Sochi for negotiations with the Kremlin's leading statesmen. He already had a conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and is about to meet with President Vladimir Putin.

'Tensions with Iran are the latest crisis troubling the US-Russia relationship, which was severely disrupted by accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. Pompeo and Putin are expected to discuss issues from nuclear arms control to the recent unrest in Venezuela, where Russia backs the government of Nicolás Maduro and the US backs opposition leaders', The Guardian wrote.

'The US secretary of state’s visit on Tuesday is the first meeting between senior officials from the two countries since the release of Robert Mueller’s redacted report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign', the outlet added.

Russian foreign minister Lavrov described Pompeo's visit and the negotiations with the Russian side an attempt to improve the bilateral ties damaged by the Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation and the growing tensions in Venezuela and Iran - which was due to 'U.S. unilateral decisions', as he put it.

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