Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, meets with U.S. Secretary of State at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, May 14, 2019. Russian Federation says it opposes USA "unilateral" steps such as withdrawing from the Iran deal, as the USA did a year ago.
Amid growing concerns of a conflict between the United States and Iran, U.S. officials have told their European allies that its military buildup in the Persian Gulf region is a "defensive" move in response to multiple threats coming out of Iran.
In the highest-level face-to-face contact between the two countries since special counsel Robert Mueller's report was released last month, Putin told Pompeo he hoped relations with the USA would now improve.
Putin told Pompeo his recent telephone conversation with Trump raised hopes for an improvement in relations.
The EU's chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini, coolly announced she had a busy day and that the pair would talk "if we manage to arrange a meeting".
The exchange follows the publication of the Mueller report, which found that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 U.S. election but did not conclude that the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.
"I think we share the same objective and I hope that we can find ways that we can work together", Pompeo told reporters after the talks late Tuesday in the Russian resort of Sochi.
"The Trump Administration has been clear - we do not recognize Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea".
Lavrov told reporters the two countries continued to disagree about Iran's nuclear program and the global community's approach to Tehran, while Pompeo said he had raised USA concerns about escalating fighting in Syria's Idlib.
"On Venezuela, we have disagreement", Pompeo said.
Pompeo spoke of "truly overlapping interests" that the two countries "can build on, and most importantly, President Trump very much wants to do that".
Hunt, who held talks with Maas and Le Drian on the margins of a regular European Union meeting in Brussels, expressed concern about the risks of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East if Iran were to acquire such weapons.
Pompeo has led USA charges that Russian Federation is to blame for the continued rule of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a leftist firebrand whom Washington is seeking to oust.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas 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".