Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pompeo skips Moscow to meet with European officials on Iran

Pompeo skips Moscow to meet with European officials on Iran

"Pompeo will arrive tomorrow, around the time for the talks".

This will be the second meeting between Lavrov and Pompeo this month.

The secretary of state noted that Moscow and Washington managed to cooperate in a number of issues, including Syria and Afghanistan. The State Department declined to comment, but Foreign Policy magazine reported that the statement was released by mistake against Pompeo's wishes. Pompeo was coming to Brussels to discuss pressing matters, including Iran, with European officials, State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said.

Jonathan Katz, a former United States official focused on Central and Eastern Europe, believed that Russian Federation was looking to see if the end of Mueller's probe would allow a new beginning with Trump, whom Putin supported over Hillary Clinton in 2016. The official would not be specific about any particular agreement Pompeo would push.

"We covered a wide range of issues and I think on every one have charted a way that we can begin to have positive conversations forward", he said.

"In the event that Iran chose to come after an American interest - whether that be in Iraq or Afghanistan or Yemen or any place in the Middle East - we are prepared to respond in an appropriate way", he said, adding "Our aim is not war". The Trump Administration has been threatening to invade Venezuela for months, something Russian Federation has loudly opposed, and Russian Federation will definitely reiterate opposition to that.

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The Secretary of State had slammed Russia for "aggressive behaviour" in the Arctic and also said that "Russians must get out" of crisis-wracked Venezuela.

Last week, European countries said in a joint statement that they would reject "ultimatums" from Iran, and urged the country to continue its commitments under the Iran Deal.

The U.S. has sent forces, including an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers, to the Middle East in a move that officials said was to counter "clear indications" of threats from Iran to American forces in the region.

In those places we're going to protect America's interests.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, according to the State Department.

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