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

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, pose for a photo before their talks in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, southern Russia, May 14, 2019.

Putin also praised the Mueller report, despite its findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election.

The Kremlin Wednesday expressed concern that tensions over Iran keep escalating despite assurances from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a visit to Russian Federation that Washington was not seeking war.

"I have a couple of other ideas to suggest".

"We had a very productive conversation on pathways forward in Syria, things we can do together where we have a shared set of interests on how to move the political process forward", Pompeo told reporters at the airport before flying out. The Kremlin insisted that the visit was coincidental.

Washington previous year pulled out of a nuclear deal backed by Europe, Russia and China, which curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for sanctions relief. Pompeo was noncommittal after his talks with Lavrov when asked whether the United States was prepared to extend the treaty. "We've played our part", Putin said.

Pompeo's trip comes amid a flurry of new talks between Moscow and Washington.

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But the president later downplayed Moscow's role in the crisis after a phone call with Putin earlier this month.

Lavrov said Russian Federation is hoping for a positive response from the United States about extending the New START arms control treaty, which is due to expire in 2021, "but we really have some concerns which are related to the re-equipping of launchers of Trident submarines and heavy bombers announced by the United States".

Pompeo did not specifically mention election meddling in his brief reply to Putin, although he did say the Trump administration would "protect our nation's interest". Trump said on Monday he will meet with Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, however, said Tuesday that a formal request from the White House for such a meeting has yet to arrive, and he noted that Trump canceled a meeting just before the two presidents were scheduled to meet in December.

Some commentators and politicians in Moscow have voiced hope that with the end of the Mueller investigation, Trump may be in a better position to make good on his stated desire to improve relations with Russian Federation.

Pompeo underlined to Putin that Trump wanted to make "our two peoples more successful and, frankly, the world more successful, too".

"The domestic political atmosphere in the United States might seem to have become more favorable, " said Fyodor Lukyanov, a Russian worldwide affairs analyst who has advised the Kremlin.