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

Pompeo crashes Brussels meeting of EU diplomats for Iran talks

"I think we share the same objective and I hope that we can find ways that we can work together", Pompeo said on North Korea.

"On our behalf, we have said it multiple times that we also would like to rebuild fully fledged relations, and I hope that right now the conducive environment is being built for that", Putin said to Pompeo.

Pompeo said that Syria - where the United States and Russian Federation are on opposite sides - was a major topic of conversation during the talks Tuesday evening at Putin's dacha in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Also addressing the sanctions against Iran, Pompeo said the US will continue to apply pressure on Iran until its leadership is "ready to return to the ranks of the responsible nations".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday dismissed as "fiction" speculation that US President Donald Trump had colluded with Moscow in his election campaign.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Berlin "still regards this nuclear agreement as the basis for Iran not having any nuclear weapons in the future and we regard this as existential for our security".

Pompeo's visit represents the first high-level contact between Moscow and Washington since U.S. Special Counsel Robert Muller submitted a report examining the nature of Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Lavrov defended Russia's position and said the threats Maduro's government is receiving from USA officials, coupled with Guaidó's seeming support for a foreign military intervention, "bear no relation to democracy".

Pompeo said that improved ties "will be good not only for our two countries but for the whole world as well".

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"We checked our positions on a number of important aspects relating to the complete eradication of terrorism from the Syrian territories, providing conditions to resettle refugees, resolving humanitarian issues and launching political process in the framework of forming a constitutional committee".

It's a odd comment, to say the least, considering that Mueller did establish that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election to benefit Trump.

Relations have always been strained by USA intelligence and law enforcement findings - denied by Moscow - that Russian Federation tried to influence the results of the 2016 US presidential election to boost Trump's chances of winning the White House.

His inquiry had cast a pall over U.S.

"I urged Russian Federation to reach out to Ukraine's new president [Volodymyr Zelensky], to demonstrate a leadership by taking step towards breaking the stalemate", he said.

"On Venezuela, we have disagreement", Pompeo said.

Putin told Pompeo his recent telephone conversation with Trump raised hopes for an improvement in relations.

Responding to a question on the deployment of troops, Pompeo stated, "And the movement of troops that you described I'll leave to the Department of Defense, but we've also made clear to the Iranians that if American interests are attacked, we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion".

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