Russian Federation involved over Iran tensions

Pompeo meets Lavrov amid hope for improved US-Russia ties

Pompeo sat down with his Russian counterpart hoping to overcome challenges of bridging the gap between them.

To this end, just prior to Mr Pompeo's trip, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer submitted a hard-hitting letter to the Secretary of State.

According to the expert, after the meeting in Sochi on Wednesday the Austrian leadership and the German authorities confirmed special importance of preserving the European Union's energy sovereignty and security.

"We've said many times that we also want to fully restore our relations".

With global tensions rising over Iran - a Russian ally - Lavrov said Russia was prepared to do what it could to avoid "a war scenario".

It was a pleasant beginning amid a tense situation.

A satellite image obtained by The Associated Press shows one of the two pumping stations attacked by drones in Saudi Arabia apparently intact. Iran or its allies are the suspected culprits in both incidents.

Lavrov said they agreed to engage on other arms control issues, including on a possible extension of the US-Russia New Start nuclear treaty that's set to expire in 2021. He observed, "Iranian nation's definite option is resistance against US and in this confrontation, USA will have to withdraw".

China to hike tariffs on USA goods in June
Trump announced the pair of meetings to reporters in the Oval office on Monday afternoon. Beijing matched Trump's earlier 25% tariff on $50 billion of American goods.

The stakes are undoubtedly high here: if Washington and Pyongyang fail to contain the crisis and prevent tensions from further intensifying, chances are, Kim may decide to escalate his action shortly by test-firing medium-range and long-range ballistic missiles, or even resuming nuclear testing.

"We regret that the agreement is being destroyed".

Hanging over Trump's quest for warm ties with Russian Federation have been persistent allegations that his campaign worked with the rival power to swing the 2016 election to the mogul over his rival Hillary Clinton.

"We highlighted very useful cooperation that's happening on Afghanistan, including the trio format", Lavrov said alongside Pompeo on Tuesday.

"For all of special counsel Mueller's exotic work, he carried out an impartial investigation and confirmed the lack of any trace and any collusion between Russian Federation and the acting administration - which we from the very beginning characterized as utter nonsense, " Putin told Pompeo at the start of their meeting.

Pompeo identified counter-terrorism and combating nuclear proliferation as two areas where Moscow and Washington could find common ground. He's hoping these talks will put the two nuclear powers on the right path. Pompeo, on his first visit to Russian Federation as the top USA diplomat, said the Trump administration is committed to improving ties and wants to work together where the two countries have what he called "overlapping interests".

Lavrov affirmed he and Pompeo seeing each other for the second time in less than two weeks "gives certain optimism".

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