Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on issues which are happening around the world.
There were major concerns they wished to work out between Washington and Moscow.
Pompeo told the Russian hosts as he stressed the interest in resolving most if not all the issues on the table.
Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, “It’s not destined that we’re adversaries on every issue. I hope that we can find places where we have a set of overlapping interests and can truly begin to build out strong relationships, at least on those particular issues.”
They met at the Russian president’s summer home, Bocharov Ruchey.
The agendas they plan to discuss are, Venezuela and Iran. Both have different views on the matter, and in order to keep the peace, an agreement must be made.
Other issues concerning China, Syria, North Korea, Ukraine, and Afghanistan will also be discussed.
Trump administration critics feel there was not enough done to touch base with the interference from Russia on the 2016 presidential election.
Pompeo told Lavrov, “There are things that Russia can do to demonstrate that those kinds of activities are a thing of the past. If Russia were to interfere again in the 2020 U.S. election, it would put us in an even worse place.”
A major topic in the field of nuclear arms control is, President Trump wants to include other countries including China.
The idea of this has Moscow concerned and is drawing skepticism.
A discussion arose concerning Putin examining a hypersonic, nuclear-capable missile system at a Russian plant before the meeting.
The Kremlin stated it was coincidental, and it had nothing to do with their meeting. The U.S. cited Russian violations as it got of the Cold War-era treaty.
It would have only allowed Russia to use medium-range ground missiles.
Russian officials wish to increase the time frame of New START accord.
It consists of governing strategic nuclear weapons between the United States and Russia. The deal expires in 2021.
Pompeo did not comment on any deals at this time to allow an extension on the treaty.
Pompeo did say, “We will gather together teams that will work not only on New START and its potential extension but on a broader range of arms-control initiatives.”
The Russians feel extending the New START accord should be the priority before including China in a three-way nuclear deal.
Russia feels it is a non-achievable goal for America to do so and the Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated, “Topical issues, such as bilateral relations, strategic stability, and disarmament, will be discussed. These include regional hotspots: Iran, Syria and Venezuela, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and other possible issues.”
Pompeo was scheduled to meet European officials on Monday in Moscow and to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Uknown Soldier, but with the growing threat from Iran, the State Department strongly advised Pompeo to fly to Brussels instead and cancel Moscow.
Russia and Iran have always been allies, and Russia is critical of America putting pressure on Tehran.
Pompeo told Lavrov, “We will try to make sure that the situation doesn’t devolve into a war scenario. How to do it is the diplomats’ business. I got the feeling that the American side is also interested in a political solution.”
Russia also supports Venezuela and President Nicolas Maduro.
Russians accused America of “trying to foment a coup against him.”
The U.S. officials and Pompeo warned Russia to pull out of Venezuela, and the Russian president is not looking to do so any time soon.
There have been several meetings with the U.S. and Russia over the last several months. A few weeks ago Pompeo and Lavrov met in Finland, and President Trump and Putin had a phone call conversation for over an hour.
At the beginning of the meeting today Pompeo told Lavrov, “Considering we have met two times in the last two weeks, that’s a reason for optimism. Let’s try and see what happens.”
Many hope this can be the beginning of the end of the Mueller investigation and that any extra time can be spent from the U.S. mainland without having to go abroad.
The concerns of America and Russia continue to intensify around the globe.
A Russian international affairs analyst who advises the Kremlin stated, “The domestic political atmosphere in the United States might seem to have become more favorable, but in terms of foreign policy, things just keep getting worse.”