Secretary of State Pompeo Warns Russian Foreign Minister against Interference in 2020 Election

May 14, 2019 - 10:01 am

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he has warned the Russian foreign minister against interference in the next American presidential election.

Pompeo said Tuesday at a news conference after three hours of talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that "interference in American elections is unacceptable and if the Russians were engaged in that in 2020 it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been."

Pompeo also said that the United States wants to avoid war with Iran as tensions rise between the two countries.

He said that "we fundamentally don't seek a war with Iran."

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that while meeting with Russia's foreign minister he urged Russia to end its support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met for more than three hours in the Russian city of Sochi on Tuesday. The two are to brief Russian President Vladimir Putin on the results of their talks.

Venezuela's political upheaval has been a growing issue in the divide between Washington and Moscow. The United States recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that he hopes that his talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will dispel "suspicions and prejudices on both sides" and help to reset the long-damaged ties between the two countries.

Speaking at the start of his meeting with Pompeo, Lavrov said on Tuesday that the strained ties between Russia and the U.S. "not only hinder our security but also cause worry to the entire international community." He said Moscow is willing to work with Washington on several issues, including the fight against terrorism and regional conflicts.

Lavrov said that "it's time to start building a new constructive framework" of how Russia and the U.S. see each other.