Russian Federation tells Pompeo: Enough mistrust, let's reboot our ties

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One such situation is the conflict in Syria, where Russian Federation has supported President Bashar al-Assad's forces, while the United States has backed rebels who want to see Assad out of office. U.S.

Putin made the comments Tuesday at the beginning of a meeting with Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "I hope that the necessary conditions for that to happen will now be created".

"I've formed the impression that your president wants to fix Russia-U.S. ties and contacts and wants to solve issues which are of common interest for us", Putin told Pompeo.

LUCIAN KIM, BYLINE: Hi, Ari. Putin did not address Mueller's conclusion that Russian Federation actively interfered in the election.

Putin hailed the two-year investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller that did not find collusion by the Trump campaign - but documented extensive meddling by Russian Federation, especially by manipulating social media.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have reached an agreement on Syria.

KIM: Yes, he did. "Interference in the American election is unacceptable", said Pompeo.

But the Europeans said they are fearful about the behaviour of both Iran and the Trump Administration.

"I am here because President Trump is committed to improving this relationship", U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the start of his May 14 talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and, later that day, with President Vladimir Putin.

Pompeo, despite his close relationship with Trump, left little doubt on where he stood in remarks Saturday in California.

And as you mentioned before, I mean, the origin of this meeting today was that phone call that Trump and Putin had. "Among other issues are stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan, resolving Iran's problems", he said.

He added, "They have been running an expansionist and very violent foreign policy around the Middle East for some time".

Hunt warned of the importance of ensuring that Iran doesn't resume banned atomic activities, saying that "if Iran becomes a nuclear power, its neighbours are likely to want to become nuclear powers".

Lavrov told reporters the two countries continued to disagree about Iran's nuclear program and the global community's approach to Tehran, while Pompeo said he had raised US concerns about escalating fighting in Syria's Idlib.

They have also introduced a "blocking statute" protecting European companies from the effects of USA sanctions, but many global corporations do more business in the United States than in Iran and have already severed ties there rather than risk running afoul of Washington. "We think it is time to build a new and more constructive matrix for our relations", Lavrov said.

The two also differed on the issue of Venezuela, too. He hoped to build on the EU´s uneasiness over Iran´s recent announcement of reduced compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in response to the USA unilateral withdrawal a year ago, and to supply additional arguments to bolster the US case against Iran.

In January, Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself acting president, fueling the tension in the country in the wake of protests after President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition.

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