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    Pompeo cancelled his visit to Moscow scheduled to take place on 13 May in order to hold talks with European ministers in Brussels to discuss Iran, with his agenda for the top-level meeting in Sochi on Tuesday remaining unchanged.

    Commenting on the upcoming negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the southern city of Sochi, Pompeo tweeted that his meeting will highlight a number of important topics. "On some issues we may agree, on others we may disagree, but when it's in our national interests, it is our responsibility to find a way forward", he added.

    The agenda of the talks, which are the first high-level meeting since the release of the Mueller report, includes bilateral ties as well as pressing international issues such as Iran, Venezuela, Syria, and arms control.

    READ MORE: Pompeo and EU's Mogherini Exchange Warnings Over Iran Military Escalation

    Addressing the summit, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that relations between Moscow and Washington can only reach a new stage after talks between Putin and Trump.

    This is the first official visit of Pompeo as the 70th US secretary of state to Russia. Previously, he held a meeting with Lavrov on the side-lines of the Arctic Council in Finland.

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    • 23:15

      Pompeo Informed Putin that Trump Is Interested in Meeting with Putin in Osaka - Kremlin Aide

    • 22:23

      Pompeo Says US, Russia Have Overlapping Interests, Places for Cooperation

      US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin said the United States and Russia have mutual interests and areas where they can cooperate to resolve issues.

      "We did have a productive set of conversations this afternoon between us," Pompeo said. "There's places we disagree, there's places I think there are truly overlapping interests that we can build on… there are places that our two countries can find where we can be cooperative, we could be productive."

    • 21:57

      Putin Says Plans to Discuss Stability of Global Energy Markets at Talks with Pompeo

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was planning to discuss stability of global energy markets during his talks with US State Secretary Mike Pompeo in Sochi on Tuesday.

      "We know that the United States is becoming, has already become, one of the largest oil producers, and in this sense we have something to talk about in terms of stability of global energy markets," Putin said at the start of the talks with Pompeo.

      "There are other areas of possible interaction in the economy. I hope that all this will be the subject of our discussion," Putin added.

    • 21:29

      Mueller Probe Proved Lack of Any Trump-Russia Ties – Putin

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday during a meeting with US State Secretary Mike Pompeo that Special Counsel Robert Mueller conducted an objective probe on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election, proving lack of ties between Russian and US President Donald Trump.

      "We should give [Mueller] credit. In general, he conducted an objective probe and confirmed the absence of any traces and collusion between Russia and the current administration, which we initially characterized as complete nonsense: there was no interference on our part in the elections in the United States at the state level, and could not be,' Putin said.

    • 21:17

      Putin at Meeting With Pompeo: Russia Favours Full-Fledged Relations With US

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with US State Secretary Mike Pompeo on Tuesday that he had an impression during a recent phone conversation with US President Donald Trump that the latter was committed to restoring relations with Moscow.

      "As you know, a few days ago I had the pleasure to talk to the US president over the phone, I had an impression that the president was in favor of restoring the Russia-US ties, contacts, jointly resolving the issues of common interest," Putin said.

      "On our part, we have repeatedly said that we would also like to restore the full-scope relations," the Russian president stressed.

    • 19:18

      US, Russia Will Have More Extensive Talks on Arms Control in Weeks Ahead - Pompeo

      "We'll have a more extensive set of conversations both on arms control and an opportunity to discuss all broad strategic security issues between our two countries in the weeks ahead," Pompeo said.

      The United States and Russia will gather teams that will work on the potential extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) as well as other arms control matters, the senior official added.

      "As for its extension, what we agreed what we will do is we will gather together teams that will begin to work not only on New START... and its potential extension but on a broader range of arms control issues," Pompeo said.

       

    • 19:16

      Russia to Accept Official Invitation for Putin-Trump Meeting – Lavrov

      Russia will accept an official invitation for President Vladimir Putin's meeting with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, who suggested as much at the upcoming G20 summit in Japan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

      "We heard statements by president Trump that he expects to hold a meeting with President Putin, including during the G20 Summit in Osaka. If we receive an official invitation we will respond positively. We talked about that today with Mike Pompeo," he told reporters in Sochi, Russia.

    • 19:12

      Lavrov Says Handed Pompeo Memorandum on US Interference in Russia's Domestic Affairs

      "By the way, I gave Mike an unofficial memorandum of sorts, a non-paper, as we call it in English, which lists not made-up but factual proof of the US interference in Russia's domestic affairs, including a famous - infamous - law on the support of freedom in Ukraine, it is called something like that, adopted by the Congress, in which the secretary of state is expected, is forced to promote democracy in Russia, directly and through work with Russian nongovernmental organizations, and $20 million was allocated for this annually. This is not made-up, this is a document that exists as a US law," Lavrov told reporters after talks with Pompeo in Sochi.

    • 19:05

      US Doesn't Seek War With Iran - Pompeo

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      US Fundamentally Does Not Seek War With Iran - Pompeo

      Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US State Secretary Mike Pompeo held talks earlier in the day in the Russian resort city of Sochi, discussing plans to solve the crisis regarding the JCPOA, among other topics.
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    • 18:59

      It's Up to Venezuelan People to Decide the Country's Fate - Lavrov

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he had a frank exchange on the situation in Venezuela with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the southern Russian resort of Sochi on Tuesday.

      "We had a frank conversation on many issues, including the situation around Venezuela. Russia wants the people of Venezuela to define their own future. In this regard, it is extremely important that all responsible stakeholders in this country start a dialogue between themselves," the Russian minister told reporters.

    • 18:52

      Russia is Ready to Support Dialogue Between US and North Korea - Lavrov

      Speaking on North Korea, Lavrov said that Russia was "prepared to support" a dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang, with the ultimate goal of creating a "strong mechanism of peace and stability in Northeast Asia."

    • 18:50

      US Ready to Find Common Ground With Russia - Pompeo

      U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russia, May 14, 2019

      US Stands Ready to Find Common Ground With Russia - Pompeo

      At the press conference following the bilateral meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists that he and his US counterpart Mike Pompeo have agreed the need to resume communication channels between the two countries.
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    • 18:48

      Russia is Ready to Resume Dialogue With US on All Types of Arms - Lavrov

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday he paid particular attention to issues of arms control and discussed the New START treaty with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

      "Of course, we paid special attention to issues of strategic stability. We considered the situation that is developing around the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. We talked about the prospects of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty [New START] due to the fact that it expires in February 2021," Lavrov said at a press conference after talks with Pompeo.

      "And we are interested in resuming a specific and professional dialogue on all aspects of arms control," he said.

    • 18:46

      Tensions Between Russia, US Have Negative Impact on World, There's Need to Improve This - Lavrov

      "Because tensions between two great nuclear powers - Russia and the United States - unavoidably have negative impact on the global situation, Mike Pompeo and I agreed that we must try to take practical steps to rectify the current situation," Lavrov said at a joint press conference with US State Secretary Mike Pompeo following talks in Sochi.

      "Russia is interested in normalizing bilateral dialogue with the US and we are convinced that it is quite possible to conduct this dialogue on the basis of mutual respect and consideration of each other's interests," Lavrov stressed.

      The Russian foreign minister added that Russia and the US have already resumed dialogue on countering terrorism, which is a positive step that should be followed by implementation of other ideas, including the establishment of a non-governmental expert council that could help Moscow and Washington to overcome mutual distrust.

    • 18:44

      US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Hold Joint Presser

      U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as they meet on the sidelines of the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland May 6, 2019

      US Sec of State Pompeo and Russian FM Lavrov Hold Joint Presser in Sochi (VIDEO)

      US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are holding a joint press conference following their meeting in Sochi on 14 May.
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    • 15:39

      Pompeo Says He'll Meet With Lavrov on Sidelines of G20 Summit

      "It is great to see you again, twice in a couple of weeks. I am excited about that. And then I will see you too, more likely, at G20 we will have many more opportunities for conversation", the US diplomat noted.

    • 15:28

      Lavrov Urges Washington to Work Constructively With Moscow

      "I hope that today we will be able to try to work out specific proposals aimed at bringing Russian-American relations out of the present sad state in which they find themselves due to various objective reasons. Moreover, this exact task was formulated by our presidents" - Lavrov said.

      Pompeo also said that it is necessary, expressing hope for progress in arms control negotiations that will help stabilise US-Russia ties.

    • 15:14

      Pompeo: Trump is Committed to Improving Relations With Moscow

      According to the US secretary of state, improving ties between the two countries would benefit the whole world.

      "I think on issues such as arms control and nuclear proliferation, we talked about some of the regional conflicts and terrorism, I think there are spaces where we can get our teams and begin to build out a common set of understandings. I hope that we can begin to build out our strategic security dialogue, as you and I spoke about when we were in Finland", he said.

       

    • 15:14

      Lavrov: Suspicions and Prejudices Between US and Russia Jeopardise Global Security

      "This has to do with [promoting] strategic stability, cooperating more efficiently on terrorism fight and settling the acute crises in different regions worldwide ... We understand that both sides have many suspicions and prejudice, but neither you not us gain anything from it. On the contrary, mutual aggression raises ours and your security risks and makes the world concerned", the minister said.

    • 15:07

      Russian FM Lavrov Meets US Secretary of State Pompeo Ahead of Talks (VIDEO)

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      Russian FM Lavrov Meets US Secretary of State Pompeo Ahead of Talks (VIDEO)

      The day before, it was announced that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had cancelled a planned trip to Moscow in order to attend a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.
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    • 15:09

      Lavrov and Pompeo Begin Negotiations

    • 14:09

      WATCH US Secretary of State Pompeo Arrive in Sochi, Russia for Official Visit

      Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to students at the American University Cairo, in the eastern suburb of New Cairo, Egypt, east of the capital, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

      WATCH US Secretary of State Pompeo Arrive in Sochi, Russia for Official Visit

      US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Sochi International Airport in order to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and with Russian President Vladimir Putin later in the day.
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    • 13:40

      Kremlin Denies Receiving Official Proposals on Putin-Trump Meeting From Washington

      "We have noted this statement. We have already registered such statements before. We have taken note of this statement, but our US colleagues have not put forward any initiatives. There has not been any agreement to start preparing for the talks", Peskov told reporters, when asked about the Kremlin's reaction to Trumps' statement that he may meet with Putin in Osaka.

    • 13:35

      Putin to Discuss Disarmament, Situations in Iran and Syria With Pompeo, Lavrov - Kremlin

      "The president will receive Pompeo and Lavrov. First, they will brief the president on the results of their contact, of their negotiations that will be held here today, in Sochi. The talks will also focus on the most pressing matters — obviously, bilateral issues, strategic stability and disarmament; and regional hotspots, such as Iran, Syria and Venezuela; the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, and other important matters", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

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