US, Russia 'share same objective' on North Korea: Mike Pompeo

Pompeo meets Lavrov amid hope for improved US-Russia ties

But they often find themselves on opposite sides, even if they share a stated basic goal.

He also stressed that President Donald Trump's administration has been clear that the United States does not recognize Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea and added that the US side planned to keep in place the sanctions related to Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

Despite being at odds on that issue, Pompeo added, the USA and Russian Federation should work to ease the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Pompeo later said, "I made clear to Foreign Minister Lavrov. that interference in American elections is unacceptable".

At a wide-ranging news conference, Pompeo said the two spoke about "the question of interference in our domestic affairs", adding that Russian Federation now has a chance to prove "that these types of activities are a thing of the past".

A Kremlin aide later said Putin is also open to a new meeting with Trump at the G20 summit in Japan next month if Moscow receives a formal proposal for such an encounter.

Other topics for Tuesday's meeting included Iran, Ukraine and Venezuela.

Pompeo also warned Russian Federation not to interfere in the 2020 US elections, while Lavrov denied that Russian Federation was involved in any 2016 election meddling. This will benefit each of our people.

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Furthermore, concerns about Chinese law requiring Huawei to cooperate with China's intelligence agencies were simply hype. Liang, however, said economic factors should be part of the decision, and politics should be taken out of it.

"As soon as Iran takes its first reciprocal steps and says that it is leaving, everyone will forget by tomorrow that the U.S. was the initiator of this collapse, Iran will be held responsible, and the global public opinion will be intentionally changed in this direction", he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday offered some odd descriptions of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation: "Exotic" and "very objective".

Nevertheless, Putin added, the Nord Stream II project will conclude despite obstacles, including USA counter-action.

A day after Trump said he would meet with Putin at the Group of 20 summit of leaders in Japan in June, Lavrov said Russian Federation has not received a formal proposal.

Pompeo meanwhile said he had urged Lavrov to end Russia's support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The U.S. backs opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Russian officials, meanwhile, have said they are eager to extend the New START accord, governing United States and Russian strategic nuclear weapons, which expires in 2021.

Pompeo is expected to meet later with President Vladimir Putin, who had a tour of a military facility on his calendar for a second day in a row.

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