Pompeo will have emergency Iran meeting in Brussels today after cancelling Russians
May 13 2019
A State Department official says Pompeo, who departed Sunday night, is still expected to meet Tuesday in Sochi with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that Pompeo's trip was "an opportunity to make those points clear to the Russian government and what our expectations are and [to] see how to forge a path forward".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet on the sidelines of the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting, May 6, 2019, in Rovaniemi, Finland.
The upcoming visit to Russian Federation will be the first of its kind for the U.S. secretary of state.
"During your meeting with Vladimir Putin, it is critical that you warn him that any action to interfere in our elections will be met with an immediate and robust response", Schumer said in his letter to Pompeo.
On Sunday, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said the USA military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represented a target, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) said.
However, in a joint statement last week, the European Union ministers said they remain committed to trade with Tehran if it upheld its commitments in the nuclear deal.
While in Brussels, Pompeo will discuss a range of pressing issues, including Iran, with representatives from the UK, Germany and France, the official said. Following these meetings, the U.S. top diplomat was supposed to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin Wall.
She said that a "lack of leadership, unity and consistency" in the United States was the greatest challenge to countering a resurgent Russian Federation.
Iran says the strategy amounts to "psychological warfare" and a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander on Sunday said Iran would retaliate to any aggressive US moves. But with both Iran and the United States quickly ramping up bellicose rhetoric, diplomats said they were increasingly concerned about an open conflict. "It's a shame that the United States doesn't respect its commitments". On May 7, Pompeo canceled a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on a few hours' notice in order to travel to Iraq amid rising tensions with Iran.