We fundamentally do not see a war with Iran, says Pompeo in joint conference with Russian foreign minister

AFP Sochi, Russia May 14, 2019, 10.13 PM(IST)

File photo: Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia not to interfere in next year's US election and said Moscow needs to show that its purported meddling is over.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said he had "frank and useful" discussions with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on a slew of issues, including Venezuela and Syria. 

"We discussed in detail the situation regarding bilateral affairs and exchanged opinions on Venezuela, Syria and the state of affairs regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran," Lavrov said at a press conference.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he urged Russia in talks to end support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, but his call was flatly rejected by Moscow.

"The time has come for Nicolas Maduro to go, he has brought nothing but misery to the Venezuelan people, and we hope that Russian support for Maduro will end," Pompeo told a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Pompeo said that the United States does not want war with Iran but vowed to keep pressuring Tehran.

"We fundamentally do not see a war with Iran," Pompeo told a joint news conference with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in Sochi.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday dismissed as "fiction" speculation that US President Donald Trump had colluded with Moscow in his election campaign.

"It's clear that such insinuations are absolute fiction," he said after talks with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia not to interfere in next year's US election and said Moscow needs to show that its purported meddling is over.

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."