Iran, U.S. dismiss possibility of war

Erika Holt
May 16, 2019

Secretary of State Pompeo did not directly address the issue of security guarantees when speaking to reporters Tuesday, but said he believed Russian Federation and the usa "share the same objective, and I hope we can find ways that we can work together on" denuclearization.

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.

If Russia interferes in the 2020 election, "it would put our relationship in an even worse place", Pompeo told a joint news conference with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, calling on Russia "to demonstrate that these types of activities are a thing of the past".

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

Moscow and Washington are overdue to dispel "suspicions and prejudices on both sides", Lavrov said, and to "start building a new constructive framework" of how Russian Federation and the U.S see each other.

"For our part, we have repeatedly said that we would also like to restore the relationship in full format".

The US has continued to build pressure on Iran, with Pompeo accusing Tehran of planning "imminent" attacks and bolstering the military presence in the Gulf.

"We count on a frank talk with my American counterpart".

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

Below you will find key comments related to the meetings made by Pompeo, Putin, Lavrov and other officials, as well as some analysis and recent developments that add important context.

"We highlighted very useful cooperation that's happening on Afghanistan, including the trio format", Lavrov said alongside Pompeo on Tuesday.

"I raised our concerns about the escalation of the situation around Idlib", Pompeo said. He hoped to build on the EU´s uneasiness over Iran´s recent announcement of reduced compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in response to the USA unilateral withdrawal a year ago, and to supply additional arguments to bolster the US case against Iran. Putin did not address Mueller's conclusion that Russian Federation actively interfered in the election.

On the Crimea issue, Pompeo reiterated the US rejection of Russia's "attempted annexation of Crimea".

The U.S. has been critical of Russian Federation for propping up Maduro's regime.

As well as the issue of interference in US elections, the two sides clashed over Venezuela, with Lavrov sharply criticizing Washington for trying to undermine President Nicolas Maduro, who Pompeo said must step down in the face of an economic crisis and large-scale protests against his rule.

Pompeo underlined to Putin that Trump wanted to make "our two peoples more successful and, frankly, the world more successful, too". "Nobody wants Iran to get possession of an atomic bomb, and that's been achieved so far".

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