Published: Thu, May 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Putin vows to mend ties with US

Putin vows to mend ties with US

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russian Federation on Tuesday not to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections - and said Moscow must show that its purported meddling is over.

Despite the two summits with Trump and his multiple talks with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in since early 2018, not to mention the fact that he has suspended the test-firing of long-range missiles and nuclear tests, Kim found that he didn't get repaid for his goodwill gestures, with United States economic sanctions having shown no sign of relenting at all. "Our elections are important and sacred and they must be free and fair".

It's a unusual comment, to say the least, considering that Mueller did establish that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election to benefit Trump.

"Such insinuations are absolutely fake", he said.

Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said after the meeting that Putin stressed to Pompeo the need for setting up such a multinational structure. Russian Federation criticized the USA decision to withdraw previous year from the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal as tensions between the US and Iran are at their highest since Trump took office.

Putin told Pompeo his recent telephone conversation with Trump raised hopes for an improvement in relations.

Pompeo's trip comes a few weeks ahead of a Group of 20 summit meeting June 28-29 in Osaka, Japan, with both Putin and President Trump expected to attend.

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Instead, he has promoted deregulation of the energy sector, which the president says will foster economic growth. Along with the humor, the mayor also tried some tough talk: "They're scared of the truth", he declared.

Pompeo also said he "raised the issue of U.S. citizens who have been detained in Russia" - U.S. citizen Paul Whelan, an ex-Marine has been held since his arrest in late December. Pompeo said in the news conference that Trump remains interested in bringing other countries, including China, into an arms-control framework - an idea that has drawn skepticism in Moscow. "We want Venezuela to get their democracy back", Pompeo said, alluding to suspicions that Russian support was instrumental in persuading Maduro to cling to power when he was almost dislodged at the beginning of the month.

"We want every country interfering in Venezuela to cease doing that".

Iranian officials said last week that if the world community doesn't rework the agreement within 60 days, then they will begin enriching uranium to near-weapons-grade levels.

Pompeo said in televised remarks at the meeting on Tuesday that he came to Russia because President Donald Trump was "committed to improve this relationship" despite differences between the United States and Russia Syria, Iran, the crisis in Venezuela and other matters.

"I hope that reason will triumph", Lavrov said, adding that he hoped reports in the United States media that President Donald Trump is planning to send 120,000 troops to counter Iran turn out to be wrong.

"We fundamentally don't seek war with Iran", Pompeo said. Still, Pompeo's first trip to Russian Federation as secretary of state represented a remarkable new attempt by the Trump administration to find fresh footing in its most politically treacherous worldwide relationship.

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