US Fundamentally Does Not Seek War With Iran - Pompeo

Sergei Karpukhin  TASS

Sergei Karpukhin TASS

Pompeo met with Putin in Sochi after his discussions with Lavrov, and was reportedly told by the Russian president that his recent phone conversation with Trump convinced him some of the differences between Russia and the USA could be resolved.

Pompeo also warned Russian Federation not to interfere in the 2020 US elections, while Lavrov denied that Russian Federation was involved in any 2016 election meddling.

"And here [in the EU] we need 27 countries to agree, it lasts for years and nothing happens", Putin said. "Our elections are important and sacred and they must be kept free and fair and with no outside country interfering".

Lavrov however repeated Moscow's denials of interference and said it was "absolute fiction" that Russian Federation had colluded with the Trump campaign.

When asked about a New York Times report on his administration's military plans concerning Iran, Trump called it "fake news" and said there are no plans for that.

He also stressed that President Donald Trump's administration has been clear that the United States does not recognize Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea and added that the USA side planned to keep in place the sanctions related to Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

He also noted that "there was no personal message from Putin to Trump".

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SHAPIRO: President Putin sounded a lot like President Trump there claiming the Mueller report showed no collusion. "And I think that our talks here today were a good step in this direction", said Pompeo.

SHAPIRO: Another big issue dividing the countries is Venezuela. "We want the Venezuelan people to get their democracy back".

Meanwhile, both the US and Russian Federation disagree over the crisis in Venezuela.

The move was reportedly a response to Tehran's alleged plans to carry out attacks on United States forces and allies in the Middle East. -Russian efforts to bring a United Nations -brokered end to the war that began in 2011 fell apart in 2016.

Putin said Russian Federation was glad to help mediate the deal and would be willing to help in the future, but he added that Russian Federation "is not a rescue squad" and can not fix "everything that doesn't depend on us entirely". Still, Pompeo's first trip to Russian Federation as secretary of state represented a remarkable new attempt by the Trump administration to find fresh footing in its most politically treacherous global relationship.

"We fundamentally don't seek war with Iran", Pompeo said. He added, "We've also made clear to the Iranians that if American interests are attacked, we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion".

Van der Bellen agreed with Putin, saying that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had confirmed Iran's compliance with the deal 13 times.

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