Kremlin concerned over escalating Iran tensions despite Pompeo claims

Saul Bowman
Мая 16, 2019

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Pompeo it's time for what he called a new, more responsible matrix of relations.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrive to talk to the press as they meet on the sidelines of the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland May 6, 2019.

The intimidations of the White House and the self-proclaimed president, the usurper Juan Guaido, have nothing to do with democracy, Lavrov said in a joint press conference in Sochi with the Head of usa diplomacy, Michael Pompeo.

Earlier, Pompeo said he warned Russian Federation against meddling in the 2020 US presidential elections.

At a joint press conference with Mr Pompeo in Sochi, southern Russia, Sergey Lavrov said that the United States was wrong to support the Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó.

Pompeo also said he urged Russian Federation to end its support of Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro.

"You mentioned Ukraine. Look, we have different views on how Ukraine ought to proceed", Pompeo said at a meeting with journalists, the transcript of which was published by the U.S. Department of State.

Lavrov also denied any Russian interference in the US election.

During their almost two-hour talk in Putin's summer home, Pompeo said they spoke at length about North Korea, weeks after Putin held a summit with leader Kim Jong Un in the Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok.

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Pompeo and Lavrov, who appeared at ease with other, were to brief President Vladimir Putin on the meeting in the evening.

"The Iranians have not put in place the transparent financial system that allows this to be operational, so, I'm not sure it will ever get off the ground", he said.

His inquiry had cast a pall over U.S.

And Pompeo seems to be echoing whatever Trump says but has a track record as an unreformed Iran hawk. "We want the regime to stop conducting assassination campaigns".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russian Federation not to interfere in next year's USA election and said Moscow needs to show that its purported meddling is over.

Lavrov urged dialogue in Venezuela - an option rejected by the Trump administration, which says Maduro is illegitimate. At a meeting between the USA and Russian delegations, Putin referred to the Mueller report as a "very objective investigation" and reiterated Russia's official position that there was no "collusion" with the Trump campaign.

Russian Federation stands by President Nicolas Maduro. "It is necessary in order to determine the immediate priorities in restoring relations and undertake their implementation", the senior research fellow at the European Research Centre of the International Relations Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

The Russian president highlighted that all the attempts made by the United States to destroy the existing agreements between Russia and its European partners are only a reflection of unfair competition.

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