Iran was one of the key items on the agenda because of tensions in the region rising.
But he added: "We have also made clear to the Iranians that if American interests are attacked, we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion". A Kremlin spokesperson rejected the notion that Putin's schedule was an intentional "message" for the US administration. "We think it is time to build a new and more constructive matrix for our relations", he said.
In Sochi, Lavrov told Pompeo there may be hope for some agreement on Iran that would win backing by both Russian Federation and the U.S. The two offered few details, however, about the areas where they could improve relations.
Putin spoke to reporters after hosting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday for the highest-level bilateral talks in almost a year.
With tensions running high over Iran, Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed vindication from the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and said he thought it was time to move on.
Putin said he had spoken to U.S. President Donald Trump several days ago, and he got the impression that Trump indeed "intends to rebuild U.S".
"We will gather together teams that will work not only on New START and its potential extension but on a broader range of arms-control initiatives, " Pompeo said.
Trump said Monday that he expects to meet with the presidents of both Russian Federation and China on the sidelines of the G20 meeting. Lavrov rejected accusations of interference as "complete fiction".
Pompeo, speaking earlier at a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, acknowledged deep differences on election meddling - and warned Russian Federation to stay out of next year's vote.
And apparently Putin's opinion puts him at odds with President Donald Trump, who's repeatedly yelled about the Russian Federation investigation being a "hoax".
It's a odd comment, to say the least, considering that Mueller did establish that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election to benefit Trump.
The two sides described the talks as "frank, " saying that they wanted to improve relations strained for years over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and more recently over strategic arms control and USA efforts to oust Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.
Putin told Pompeo his recent telephone conversation with Trump raised hopes for an improvement in relations. "We want every country that's interfering in Venezuela to cease doing that". "Russia is not a fire brigade", Putin said. The war has not ended yet. The sailors remain in detention as Russian Federation continues plans to prosecute them, said Nikolai Polozov, who's leading their defense team.
Lavrov defended Russia's position and said the threats Maduro's government is receiving from US officials, coupled with Guaidó's seeming support for a foreign military intervention, "bear no relation to democracy".