Pompeo to visit Brussels on Iran, shortening Russian Federation trip

14 May, 2019, 03:09 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will also take part at the session in Brussels, before heading to Russian Federation, according to The National.

Pompeo cancelled a visit to Moscow on Monday and stopped in Brussels instead, en route to the Black Sea resort of Sochi for meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

A senior State Department official wouldn't say if the long-awaited release of that report is why Pompeo is now ready to head to Moscow.

"We are very anxious about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with an escalation that is unintended on either side but ends with some kind of conflict", Hunt said.

For Pompeo, "it's incredibly hard because the interlocutors on the other side don't know who speaks for the United States", Katz said.

Notably, Trump has both sought to increase the USA military budget as well as suggested he would like to work with the Russian president to cut down on the "crazy" arms race.

Mogherini also said she was informed during the night of Pompeo's arrival to Brussels where European Union foreign ministers are gathered for a regular monthly meeting.

State Department special representative for Iran Brian Hook told reporters following the day's meetings that Pompeo "shared information and intelligence with allies and discussed the multiple plot vectors emerging from Iran".

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The U.S.is strengthening its military presence in the Middle East in what officials said was a "direct response to a number of troubling and escalatory indicators and warnings" from Iran.

The ministers from the European signatories to the nuclear accord - Germany, United Kingdom and France - all publicly criticised the hardline U.S. approach.

"We agree on much more than we disagree. We share the same threat assessment", he said.

Maas also stressed that in Europe's view, the pact was the best way to prevent Iran building an atomic bomb.

The United States withdrew unilaterally from it a year ago and resumed unilateral sanctions against Iran, while the referred European countries promised to create a mechanism to avoid the U.S. restrictions, which still does not work.

There he was due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss several issues: The challenges in the relationship between the two countries, arms control policies and the situation in Ukraine, Venezuela, Iran, Syria and North Korea.

"The Secretary will have a very candid conversation about concerns in our bilateral relationship, "including Russia's breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and "Kremlin-backed attempts to meddle in US and other foreign elections".

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