Pompeo & Lavrov face reporters after rare US-Russia talks in Washington (WATCH LIVE)
Added 12-10-19 01:37:01pm EST - “Russian FM Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are briefing the media after talks in Washington, DC; the first such meeting since 2017. All eyes are on the issues of arms control, Syria, and Russia-US relations.” - Rt.com
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Speaking at the Tuesday presser, Pompeo said the US was seeking a “better relationship” with Russia and that the two countries have been working on improving relations since his visit to Sochi in May. He said lines of communication between Moscow and Washington were open and relations were candid.
Lavrov echoed that, saying the two met regularly and also spoke frequently by phone. "It is useful to talk to each other," he said. "Always better than not talking to each other."
Pompeo added that cooperation on anti-terrorism is one of the main focuses of the relationship, particularly in relation to Syria.
“Want to make sure Syria never again becomes a safe haven for ISIS or other terrorist groups,” he said.
On Ukraine, Pompeo said the resolution of conflict in the eastern regions of the country begins “with adherence to the Minsk agreements.”
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