Ushakov said: “We are prepared for any kind of contact. We can talk with President Trump ‘on foot” (on the sidelines), we can sit down for more detailed talks. It all depends on the attitude of our American partners.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that a telephone conversation with President Donald Trump this month encouraged him to think relations between Russia and the United States might improve.
Putin said his May 3 phone call with Trump “created the impression that the president intends to restore Russian-American connections and contacts to resolve joint issues that present mutual interests.”
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he has warned the Russian foreign minister against interference in the next American presidential election.
Pompeo said Tuesday at a news conference after three hours of talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that “interference in American elections is unacceptable and if the Russians were engaged in that in 2020 it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been.”
Pompeo also said that the United States wants to avoid war with Iran as tensions rise between the two countries.
He said that “we fundamentally don’t seek a war with Iran.”
Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met for more than three hours in the Russian city of Sochi on Tuesday. The two are to brief Russian President Vladimir Putin on the results of their talks.
Venezuela’s political upheaval has been a growing issue in the divide between Washington and Moscow. The United States recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that he hopes that his talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will dispel “suspicions and prejudices on both sides” and help to reset the long-damaged ties between the two countries.
Speaking at the start of his meeting with Pompeo, Lavrov said on Tuesday that the strained ties between Russia and the U.S. “not only hinder our security but also cause worry to the entire international community.” He said Moscow is willing to work with Washington on several issues, including the fight against terrorism and regional conflicts.
U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo has told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the start of their talks in Russia that he hopes that the U.S. and Russia can mend their relations and find areas of mutual cooperation.
He said that each country wants to protect its interests but that there are areas for mutually beneficial cooperation, including the fight against terrorism. Pompeo said that an improved relationship, damaged by Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, its interference in the 2016 U.S. elections and U.S. sanctions against Russia, “will be good not only for our two countries but for the whole world as well.”
The Secretary of State earlier scrapped the Moscow leg of his trip to stop by Brussels where he had talks with European leaders about the mounting tensions with Iran.
Before hosting Pompeo, Putin is expected to visit a military facility in the south that manufactures some of Russia’s most modern fighter jets. Asked whether it was deliberately timed to coincide with Pompeo’s visit, Peskov argued this was a routine visit and not a “message” to anyone.
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