Putin wants to ‘fully restore’ ties with U.S.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he wants to “fully restore” strained ties between Washington and Moscow, during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo .I would very much like your visit to Russia to benefit Russia-U.S. relations and promote their development,” Putin said as he received Pompeo at his residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Yuri Ushakov, the Kremlin aide, said Putin’s meeting with Pompeo at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi had not yielded any breakthrough but had been held in a business-like atmosphere. Pompeo earlier told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that U.S. President Donald Trump was committed to improving relations with Moscow.Pompeo underlined to Putin that Trump wanted to make “our two peoples more successful and, frankly, the world more successful, too. President Trump wants to do everything we can and he asked me to travel here to communicate that. Some of our cooperation has been excellent on North Korea, on Afghanistan, we’ve done good work (and) counter-terrorism work together. These are things we can build upon. Trump on Monday said he planned to meet Putin on the sidelines of the forthcoming meeting of the G20 nations, but the Kremlin said it had not yet received any formal request from Washington for such a meeting.