Pompeo to meet Putin in Russian Federation next week: US State Department


Iran announced on May 8, one year after the U.S. withdrew from the deal, that it was suspending some of its commitments under the agreement.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Russian Federation with an unusual and thankless task - standing firm against the rival power even as his boss, President Donald Trump, reaches out to reconcile.

"We are very anxious about the risk of a conflict happening by accident, with an escalation that is unintended really on either side but ends with some kind of conflict", British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told reporters in Brussels. He is expected, I think, to land in the late morning.

The UAE said on Sunday that four commercial vessels of various nationalities had been targeted by acts of sabotage off the emirate of Fujairah.

"We will continue to support it as much as we can with all our instruments and all our political will", she said.

The top diplomats will discuss a response to Iran's threat of breaching certain commitments of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it said.

The United States has bolstered its firepower in the Middle East in the last week, warning of imminent and direct threats from Iran to USA troops in Iraq and elsewhere.

The INF Treaty banned the United States and Russian Federation from developing, producing, and deploying ground-launched cruise or ballistic missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. But they differ about whether that means that the separate nuclear deal - a key part of President Barack Obama's foreign policy legacy - should be scrapped.

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Venezuela is only one of a slew of issues where the United States and Russian Federation have clashed.

After speaking with Putin last Friday, Trump appeared to undercut strong criticism of Russia's support for embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro from Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.

On May 13, he will arrive in Russian Federation to meet with his team at U.S. Embassy Moscow before meeting with U.S. business leaders and U.S. exchange alumni.

A State Department official says Pompeo will meet with European officials Monday "to discuss a range of pressing matters including Iran".

In theory that probably means Pompeo brow-beating Russia over how Ukraine hasn't managed to crush the ethnic Russian region along the Russian border, something the USA has long had a problem with.

It was not immediately clear why there was a change in the schedule.

Pompeo has already canceled in recent days trips to Berlin and Greenland to focus on the Iran issue.