The United States and Russian Federation both have interests in a number of ongoing global issues. But they often find themselves on opposite sides, even if they share a stated basic goal.
One such situation is the conflict in Syria, where Russian Federation has supported President Bashar al-Assad's forces, while the United States has backed rebels who want to see Assad out of office. U.S. That followed the cancellation of talks planned for Paris during November 11 commemorations for the centenary of the end of the First World War.
But Pompeo told reporters Tuesday he thinks USA and Russian officials "now can begin to work together" in a way to begin the process set out in a U.N. Security Council resolution that calls for a Syrian-led political transition with a cease-fire, new constitution and elections.
"He understands that the USA is going to be in the lead, but I think there are places we can work together", Pompeo said.
Russia and the United States voiced hope Tuesday that badly strained relations could begin to improve despite wide differences on multiple fronts and deep mutual suspicion exacerbated by Russian meddling in American elections.
During Pompeo's visit, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would work "to ensure this situation does not descend into a military scenario". At the time, Trump cited Russia's failure to release Ukrainian ships and sailors seized during clashes in the Kerch Strait near Crimea as the reason for his refusal to meet Putin. "And I think that our talks here today were a good step in this direction", said Pompeo.
Pompeo said improved ties between the two countries - damaged by Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and US sanctions against Russia - "will be good not only for our two countries but for the whole world as well".
"We have many differences here but the fact we will continue to discuss the situation that gives us hope that certain agreements could be reached with the support of the USA and Russia", Lavrov said, according to CBS News.
Putin then brought up the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference by calling it "exotic work". Putin denied any collusion between his government and the current US administration.
Pompeo and Lavrov held three hours of talks earlier in the day.
If Russia were to interfere again in the 2020 United States election, Pompeo said, "it would put us in an even worse place".
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Russian Federation and America on Tuesday agreed to seek better relations and ease tensions, even as they clashed on issues ranging from Iran and Venezuela to alleged Kremlin meddling in USA elections. "We've played our part", Putin said.
The pair discussed a possible meeting between Trump and Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Japan next month, after the US president said Monday that he would see the Kremlin leader.