Russia tells Pompeo: Sufficient distrust, let's reboot our ties

Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov instructed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday it was time for Moscow and Washington to place apart years of distrust and discover a method to work collectively constructively.

Pompeo is within the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi for talks together with his Russian counterpart, and in a while Tuesday can even maintain consultations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ties between the 2 international locations have been poisoned by allegations – denied by Moscow – that Russia tried to affect the outcomes of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and by variations over Venezuela, Iran, Syria and Ukraine.

“We see that there are suspicions and prejudices,” Lavrov instructed Pompeo in the beginning of their talks.

“This hinders each your safety and our safety and causes concern around the globe. We predict it’s time to construct a brand new and extra constructive matrix for our relationships,” Lavrov stated.

“We’re prepared to do this if our U.S. colleagues are able to reciprocate. …Let’s attempt, and see what occurs.”

Pompeo’s go to represents the primary high-level contact between Moscow and Washington since U.S. Particular Counsel Robert Muller submitted a report analyzing the character of Russia’s position within the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

His inquiry had forged a pall over U.S.-Russian relations, and Russian officers had expressed hope that Washington would have extra scope to construct friendlier relations with Moscow as soon as it was out of the way in which.

Responding to Lavrov’s opening remarks, Pompeo stated: “I’m right here in the present day as a result of President Trump is dedicated to enhancing this relationship. We now have variations and every nation will shield its personal pursuits, look out for its personal pursuits of its individuals.”

“But it surely’s not destined that we’re adversaries on all points and I hope that we are able to discover locations the place now we have a set of overlapping pursuits and proceed to construct out sturdy relationships, at the very least on these specific points,” Pompeo stated.

Pompeo recognized counter-terrorism and combatting nuclear proliferation as two areas the place Moscow and Washington may discover frequent floor.