United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a brief welcome before his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Sochi, Brussels, on Tuesday (05/14) - Photo: Special

 JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed the wish of President of United States (US) Donald Trump to improve his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He planned to make a direct visit to Moscow and meet Putin to discussed on the issues.

The two leaders planned to held high-level meeting at the G20 Summit on June in Osaka, Japan.

“I hope that we can find places where we have a set of overlapping interests and can truly begin to build out strong relationships, at least in those particular – on those particular issues,” Pompeo said in a brief welcome before his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Sochi, Brussels, on Tuesday (05/14).

Pompeo noted that the two parties have cooperatively on counter-terrorism issues in the past and the countries that could “get our team and start building a common set of understandings” on weapons control and nonproliferation. He believed there would be “open discussions” and “places where we could not find a meeting point.”

“We worked closely with you on counter-terrorism during my time and service in the Executive Branch very successfully. We’ve saved American lives, we’ve saved Russian lives, as we’ve good, honest, sincere work together,” Pompeo added.

Therefore, Pompeo hopes that the meeting of the two leaders can stabilize relations and return them to the path where the two countries are committed to creating a safe and stable world.

“I hope this good-faith effort on the part of each of our two nations, as directed by President Trump and President Putin, will stabilize the relationship and put it back on a trajectory that I think will be good for not only each of our two countries and each of our peoples, but for the world as well,” the secretary of state said.

Meanwhile, Lavrov hoped the two parties could work on specific proposals aimed at getting US-Russia relation out of the current plight they experienced, for various objective and subjective reasons.

The Russian foreign minister said the two countries had many problems that needed immediate action and developed long-term sustainable solutions. This concerns strategic stability, anti-terrorism channels and resolving various crises in various regions of the world.

“I believe that it is time to build new, more constructive and responsible metrics of our relationship, of our mutual perception, and we are prepared to do that if our US colleagues and counterparts readily support that,” he said.

During his remarks, Lavrov seemed to suggest that the two leaders could not agree to the Iranian problem and the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan in connection with the regime’s increasing nuclear ambitions.

“We have many differences here, but the fact that we will continue to discuss the situation gives us hope that certain agreements can be reached with the support of the US and Russia,” said Lavrov.

The meeting of the two leaders might occur despite various disputes between the two nuclear superpowers. Trump had previously not confirmed that he attended the event in Osaka, but in the disclosure announcement on Monday (05/13), he stated to meet Putin.

Relations between the two leaders have been widely investigated after alleged Moscow’ involvement in the 2016 US presidential election won Trump. But with the end of the investigation by special adviser Robert Mueller III against interference in Russian elections, Trump may be in a better position to correct his desire to improve relations with Russia.

The first two leaders were also in the midst of disagreements between the two countries regarding the rapid rise of tensions in Venezuela and Iran, and at the time of the North Korean missile test which some experts said might be related to Russia.

Russia is an ally of the Iranian government and has been a vigorous critic of US steps to pressure Tehran. Moscow signed the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, from which the Trump administration withdrew last year, and has pledged to work with European countries to defend it.

Meanwhile, Russia limits short and medium range land missiles this year and Russian officials say they want to extend the New START agreement, which regulates the US and Russia’s strategic nuclear weapons, which will end in 2021.

President Trump has floated ideas including China in a three-way arms control agreement, but Russian officials say that doing so would be unrealistic and that expanding the New START bilateral agreement must be the main goal in US-Russian arms control.

In Venezuela, Russia supports President Nicolás Maduro and accuses the US of trying to push a coup against him. Pompeo and other US officials have asked Russia to withdraw from Venezuela, but Putin showed no signs that he was ready to do so.

Lavrov and Pompeo previously met in Finland earlier this month, and Trump and Putin recently spoke on the telephone for more than an hour.

“Given we have met twice in the past two weeks, that’s a reason for optimism,” Lavrov told Pompeo at the start of their meeting. “Let’s try and see what happens.”

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: daniel@theinsiderstories.com

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