Pompeo to discuss Iran deal with Russians today

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The intimidations of the White House and the self-proclaimed president, the usurper Juan Guaido, have nothing to do with democracy, Lavrov said in a joint press conference in Sochi with the Head of us diplomacy, Michael Pompeo.

Pompeo warned Russian Federation not to meddle in the USA presidential election next year, calling on Moscow "to demonstrate that these types of activities are a thing of the past".

"Negotiating with the present American government is doubly poisonous... they are not decent humans, they don't stand by anything", he said referring to the United States decision to withdraw from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers.

"If Russia engaged in that in 2020, it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been", Pompeo said.

President Trump, though, was less assuring. Instead, he said, Iran has "chosen the path of resistance", adding that US officials know it's not in their interest to engage in a hot military conflict.

Putin also told the top USA diplomat that Russian Federation has never interfered in United States elections, and that the Mueller probe proved that there were no ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Pompeo told reporters after his talks with Putin that the two sides had a "very productive" conversation on Syria and how to move the political process there forward and were able to "make some truly constructive process points" on Afghanistan.

"We'll protect our nation's interest", Pompeo said.

Responding to Lavrov's opening remarks, Pompeo said: "I'm here today because President Trump is committed to improving this relationship".

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

"The Trump Administration has been clear - we do not recognize Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea".

The U.S. Embassy in Iraq says the State Department has ordered all non-essential, non-emergency government staff to leave the country right away amid escalating tensions with Iran.

Pompeo - who just three days earlier in a speech said that "the Putin regime slays dissidents in cold blood" - said he was not trying to reconcile but rather to find common interests.

The EU's chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini, coolly announced she had a busy day and that the pair would talk "if we manage to arrange a meeting".

"I hope that reason will triumph", Lavrov said, adding that he hoped reports in the U.S. media that President Donald Trump is planning to send 120,000 troops to counter Iran turn out to be wrong.

Putin and Pompeo also discussed the crises on Iran and Venezuela.

Pompeo has led U.S. charges that Russian Federation is to blame for the continued rule of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a leftist firebrand whom Washington is seeking to oust.

Hook made the remarks after The New York Times newspaper reported that the White House is reviewing military plans that could see the deployment of up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack us forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons.

A day after Trump said he would meet with Putin at the Group of 20 summit of leaders in Japan in June, Lavrov said Russian Federation has not received a formal proposal.

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