SOCHI, Russia (AP) - On his first trip to Russia as U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo warned his Russian counterpart against any “unacceptable” Russian meddling in U.S. elections.
At a news conference following three hours of meetings Tuesday, Pompeo said he told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that any such action by the Russians in the 2020 elections “would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been.”
Following their discussions in the resort city of Sochi which covered an array of issues that have heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington, including Iran and Venezuela, Pompeo and Lavrov briefed Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At the start of that session, Putin told Pompeo that his recent conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump raised hopes for an improvement in relations between Washington and Moscow.
“As you know, not long ago, a few days ago, I had the pleasure of talking with the president of the United States by telephone,” he said.
“For me, it created the impression that the president intends to restore Russian-American connections and contacts to resolve joint issues that present mutual interests.”