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

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

Russian Federation and the United States voiced hope Tuesday for better ties including working together in Syria as President Vladimir Putin welcomed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but tensions were laid bare in a clash over election meddling.

Pompeo, for his part, said the U.S. President Donald Trump expects that "we will have an improved relationship between our countries".

"I hope that we can find places where we have overlapping interests and can truly begin to build out strong relationships", Pompeo said, citing the fight against terrorism and regional conflicts as potential areas for co-operation.

PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN: (Through interpreter) His investigation was objective, and he proved there were no traces - nothing - to show that there was any kind of collusion between Russian Federation and the current administration.

"I already said it yesterday, the United States has become the largest oil producer and we need to think about how we influence the global energy market", he said.

But, Pompeo added, the United States has also made it clear to Tehran that if United States interests are attacked, Washington will certainly reserve its rights to respond as it deems appropriate.

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 and Lavrov held three hours of talks earlier in the day.

Putin noted that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told him briefly about his talks with Pompeo before the meeting.

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"Democracy is not put in place by force", Mr Lavrov said.

While the special counsel determined there was a lack of evidence linking the [U.S. President Donald] Trump campaign to Russia's attempts to sway the 2016 election in Trump's favor, it was not as clear-cut on obstruction as the president suggested.

SHAPIRO: President Putin sounded a lot like President Trump there claiming the Mueller report showed no collusion.

"There were no assurances from Pompeo", Putin's spokesman told reporters.

In the highest-level face-to-face contact between the two countries since special counsel Robert Mueller's report was released last month, Putin told Pompeo he hoped relations with the USA would now improve.

The top diplomats of Russian Federation and the US agreed on the need to ease the tension between the two countries, he added.

"The time has come for Nicolas Maduro to go, he has brought nothing but misery to the Venezuelan people, and we hope that Russian support for Maduro will end", Pompeo told reporters in Sochi, a Black Sea resort.

Both the USA and Russian Federation hope to make some progress on arms control, with Moscow seeking a five-year extension of the New START treaty, which caps the number of nuclear warheads well below Cold War limits and is set to expire in 2021.

The Russian Foreign Minister informed that he agreed with Pompeo to re-establish the channels of communication that have been frozen in recent times, due to unfounded accusations against his country regarding meddling in USA internal affairs.