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It's time to restore US-Russia ties, Putin tells Pompeo

It's time to restore US-Russia ties, Putin tells Pompeo”

"My meetings in Russian Federation will highlight a number of important topics", Pompeo tweeted on Tuesday.

Russia and the United States voiced hope Tuesday that badly strained relations could begin to improve despite wide differences on multiple fronts and deep mutual suspicion exacerbated by Russian meddling in American elections.

Iran is another pressing issue after Trump withdrew a year ago from a 2015 nuclear agreement between six world powers and Iran, and reinstated economic sanctions on Iran's energy and finance sectors.

Last week, Washington announced the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf to counter what US officials called "clear indications" of Iranian threats to the interests of the United States or its allies in the region.

Iran responded by declaring it will scale back compliance with parts of the nuclear deal. "That continues to be the case", said Pompeo's top Iran adviser, Brian Hook.

"Mike Pompeo heard that very clearly from us today, not only from myself, but also from other European Union member states, that we are living in a crucial delicate moment where the most responsible attitude to take is that of maximum restraint".

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

Pompeo, who met individually with the ministers but not in a joint setting, did not speak to reporters as he was entering or leaving European Union headquarters.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on May 13 before meeting with Pompeo in Brussels that Britain, France, and Germany were "very anxious about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with an escalation that is unintended really on either side". On 11 May, media reported that Guaido asked his representative in the United States to meet with the U.S. military officials. Mogherini and the EU3 foreign ministers warned against any escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf.

The US has recently ramped up the pressure, deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and nuclear-capable bombers to counter vaguely described threats from Iran.

"Despite our disagreements, we will keep talking".

U.S. diplomats downplayed talk of a split. "They have chosen poorly by focusing on threats", Hook told reporters.

Pompeo's last-minute decision to visit the EU capital, announced as he boarded a plane from the U.S., set up a confrontation between the United States secretary and European diplomats who have been scrambling to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. "We have been requested by the UAE to provide assistance in the investigation, which we are very glad to do".

In March, when asked about the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela, US President Donald Trump said that "all options are open". "If they do anything, it would be a very bad mistake". And Pompeo seems to be echoing whatever Trump says but has a track record as an unreformed Iran hawk. "We share the same threat assessment", he said.

The United Nations called for restraint from all sides. "We just think being outside the deal gives us better odds than that", Hook said. In this context, they "expressed regret at the re-imposition of sanctions by the USA and underlined their commitment to achieving full operationalisation of the special goal vehicle, INSTEX".

Instex was launched in January but is still not operational.



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