The international policy of U.S is not only finding resistance in the countries with which Washington it comes into conflict, North Korea, Venezuela or Iran. The way the president acts Donald Trump and its hawks is also not understood in the European Union, where the traditional transatlantic relationship begins to tremble.
In this context it appears Russia, adversary of Washington Y Brussels in many things, but a necessary partner in others. The White House, which wants to make good friends with the Kremlin of Vladimir Putin, sent yesterday to Sochi to his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who met with the Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and then he was received by the Russian president.
Approach despite everything
Moscow is aligned with the EU on how to deal with remote international conflicts, and rejects the demonstration of force by the US military in the Persian Gulf. "I hope the reason triumphs over the rumors of a shipment to the region of 120,000 US soldiers. On this we have spoken today, and Mike has said that they are unfounded rumors, "Lavrov said at the press conference after his meeting in the seaside resort of the Black Sea. The Russian chancellor opted for a political solution to the conflict. "We will help ensure that the situation does not fall into a military scenario."
Pompeo assured that the USA It does not seek a war with Iran, but warned that it will respond if the Islamic Republic threatens its interests. "We will continue to exert pressure to return to the fold of responsible countries and do everything possible to reduce destabilization," he said.
Despite the discrepancies, Russia is willing to spread the red carpet when it comes to Trump and hope for a direct dialogue with the main power of the planet. In addition to trying to help resolve Iran's nuclear crisis, Pompeo's first visit to Russia as secretary of state was an opportunity to return to the couch and rethink the bilateral relations between the two great powers, broken almost completely after the Russian annexation of the peninsula. of Crimea, in 2014, and the economic sanctions of Western countries. "I am here because President Trump is committed to improving relations between our countries," Pompeo said at the start of the meeting between the two diplomats.
Lavrov criticizes the threats to Maduro: "Democracy does not impose itself with force"
According to him, both Washington and Moscow are defending their own interests and "not always, and we do not agree on all the issues". "But there are a lot of issues where our interests coincide, so we need to do everything necessary to, on the basis of those areas, improve our relations for the sake of general security," he said. "The tensions between Moscow and Washington negatively affect the situation in the world," Lavrov added.
The feeling of reunion was completed by Putin when he received them both at his residence in Bocharov Ruchéi, in the center of Sochi. And he remembered his recent telephone conversation with Trump. "I had the impression that he is willing to re-establish Russian-American relations, contacts and jointly solve problems of mutual interest," he explained.
With Russiagate reducing the pressure on Trump, Moscow may have the treatment it has been wanting since the New York tycoon came to the White House. "I hope that after the recent publication of special prosecutor Robert Mueller's report passions on the other side of the ocean will diminish and we can move forward to establish more constructive cooperation," Lavrov said.
Russia thus achieves what it has always pursued since Putin came to power, almost two decades ago: to participate as an equal in the great questions of the world.
Moscow has always denied the accusations of interfering in the 2016 US presidential election. "We always said it was complete nonsense," Putin recalled. Just in case, Pompeo warned Lavrov earlier that an interference by Russia in the 2020 elections "will put our relations in an even worse position than it has been."
It is the second time that Mike Pompeo sits down to talk calmly with Sergey Lavrov in the last ten days. Last week they met in Finnish Lapland, where they talked about the crisis in Venezuela. Yesterday in Sochi this topic was put on the table again. The US Secretary of State acknowledged that they did not agree on this issue. "I have told my colleague that we want to do everything possible for Venezuela to choose a democratic path. USA and other countries believe that the time has come for Maduro to leave so that the Venezuelan people will not continue to suffer. We hope that the Russian support to Maduro ends, "he explained.
At his meeting in Rovaniemi (Finland), the Russian minister made it clear that Moscow is opposed to military intervention. "Democracy does not impose itself with force," Lavrov recalled yesterday.
Yesterday's meeting was also the first direct contact between President Putin and the current US Administration since the summit with Trump in July 2018 in Helsinki. Since then, the two leaders have tried unsuccessfully to meet face to face.
Yesterday the question of another summit at the highest level was raised again. Trump recently suggested an interview with Putin in Osaka (Japan), taking advantage of the G-20 meeting on June 28 and 29. Lavrov told Pompeo that if there is an official proposal, Russia will say yes.
In addition to the Iranian nuclear crisis and the crisis in Venezuela, the two diplomats also spoke about the war in eastern Ukraine, the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, or the war in Syria, other conflicts that offer an opportunity to keep moving closer.