US, Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling

Pompeo, Lavrov see hope for improved U.S.-Russia ties

"We would not tolerate that". "Our elections are important and sacred and they must be free and fair".

Putin would agree to such a meeting if formally asked, a Kremlin aide told reporters.

"We had a frank discussion about many issues, including many places where we disagree".

"There were no assurances from Pompeo", Putin's spokesman told reporters.

Putin said his May 3 phone call with Trump "created the impression that the president intends to restore Russian-American connections and contacts to resolve joint issues that present mutual interests".

Earlier, the US military had nullified all reports of threats emerging from Iran, and US President Donald Trump himself rejected media reports of US plans to deploy more than 100,000 troops against Iran. Some of our cooperation has been excellent: on North Korea, on Afghanistan, we have done good work, counter-terrorism work together. But he also told Putin that "just as you will, we'll protect our nation's interest". There is a growing list of issues dividing the two countries - Russia's interference in the 2016 elections, Syria, Venezuela and, with tensions now growing in the Persian Gulf, Iran.

In January, Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself acting president, fueling the tension in the country in the wake of protests after President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition.

KIM: Well, Pompeo said he urged Russian Federation, in his words, to support the Venezuelan people. "We want every country that's interfering in Venezuela to cease doing that".

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"Despite the exotic nature of Mr Mueller's commission, on the whole he conducted quite an objective investigation and confirmed the absence of any collusion between the United States administration and Russia", Putin said.

Hook made the remarks after The New York Times newspaper reported that the White House is reviewing military plans that could see the deployment of up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack US forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons.

Washington a year ago pulled out of a nuclear deal backed by Europe, Russia and China, which curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for sanctions relief.

Pompeo sought to alleviate some of the concern but made clear the US would respond to attacks.

Also addressing the sanctions against Iran, Pompeo said the USA will continue to apply pressure on Iran until its leadership is "ready to return to the ranks of the responsible nations".

Both the United States and Russian Federation hope to make some progress on arms control, with Moscow seeking a five-year extension of the New START treaty, which caps the number of nuclear warheads well below Cold War limits and is set to expire in 2021.

"I hope that reason will triumph", Lavrov said, adding that he hoped reports in the United States media that President Donald Trump is planning to send 120,000 troops to counter Iran turn out to be wrong.

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