Russia Confirms Lavrov-Pompeo Meeting in Sochi

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But he failed to bend attitudes among leaders who fear the U.S. and Iran are inching towards war.

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday that European Union member states continued "to fully support the nuclear deal with Iran" ahead of a foreign ministers' summit in Brussels.

Heiko Maas, German foreign minister, said Berlin "still regards this nuclear agreement as the basis for Iran not having any nuclear weapons in the future and we regard this as existential for our security".

The UAE on Monday identified the vessels as very large crude carrier (VLCC) tanker Amjad and crude tanker Al Marzoqah, both owned by Saudi shipping firm Bahri.

Even Pompeo has acknowledged that those goals may be too optimistic.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said Wednesday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea would be a topic in the discussion between Lavrov and Pompeo, who have just met in Finland earlier this week during the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council. She found the time.

The exact timing and details of Monday's meeting with Pompeo are still unclear, diplomats said.

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But it comes with intense scrutiny over how Trump has approached Russian Federation, praising Putin, downplaying his aggression around the world, and declining to condemn his oppression at home - even as his administration has taken strong action against his war in Ukraine, the poisoning of a former spy in the United Kingdom, and more. Mogherini reached for a different extreme after meeting with Pompeo. "He's always welcome obviously, but there are no precise plans at the moment", Mogherini said.

Despite heading the U.S. government, Trump is a major outlier in Washington, with virtually all senior administration officials including Pompeo and lawmakers across party lines advocating a harder stance on Russian Federation, including sanctions over election interference and its 2014 takeover of Crimea from Ukraine.

As the United States sanctions bite, domestic pressure is increasing on Rouhani to demonstrate that Iran can still benefit from an agreement based on providing it with economic opportunities in exchange for limiting nuclear development. "We share the same threat assessment", he said.

The Europeans insist the agreement was never meant to address those issues but has been effective in curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

He said: "We are very anxious about risk of a conflict happening by accident with an escalation that is unintended really on either side.And so we'll be sharing those concerns with my European counterparts, with Mike Pompeo".

"Most of all we need to make sure that we don't end up putting Iran back on the path to re-nuclearization", he said.