On his first visit to Russia as US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, he met today with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, to whom he has again requested that Moscow stop supporting the Venezuelan leader, Nicolás Maduro. Both ministers have appeared before the press after the talks and a lunch and now go together to hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Before starting the question time for journalists, Lavrov said that "after the hour and a half telephone conversation between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump last May 3, we received the order to intensify the dialogue" between Moscow and Washington . The head of the Russian Diplomacy explained that he did so with Pompeo on the 6th in Finland and now in Sochi.
According to Lavrov, today's meeting with his US counterpart was "sincere and useful" and assured that the two parties "are interested in normalizing relations." The Russian minister listed the topics discussed in Sochi: Venezuela, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, North Korea and nuclear disarmament.
As for the Caribbean country, the US Secretary of State said that "the United States and more than 50 countries believe that the time has come for Maduro to leave power." According to his words, «it has only caused misery to the Venezuelan people, and we hope that Russian support to Maduro will cease».
Lavrov, for his part, said that "Venezuelans should be the ones who define their future and the two opposing parties should start the dialogue, something with which Maduro agrees." In the opinion of the Russian minister, "you can not establish a democracy by force" and deplored that the United States threatens a possible military intervention.
At the beginning of the meeting in Sochi, Pompeo declared that Trump "is determined to reconcile with Russia." "I am here because President Trump is determined to improve this relationship (…) we have differences, but we do not have to be adversaries in all matters," he added. Lavrov replied that "it is time to start building a new, more responsible and constructive model", but asked for "concrete proposals" capable of restoring the damaged relations. (tagsToTranslate) venezuela (t) russia (t) united states (t)