(Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will host his Russian counterpart in Washington Tuesday for Sergei Lavrov’s first go to to the U.S. capital since a visit in 2017 set off a storm of criticism.
Russia’s International Ministry introduced the plans Monday. There was no point out of a potential go to to the White Home by Lavrov, not like his final journey to Washington. In Might, Pompeo and Lavrov met within the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, when the highest U.S. diplomat additionally held talks with President Vladimir Putin.
Whereas Pompeo known as these talks “very productive,” relations between the nations stay on the lowest level because the Chilly Battle. U.S. President Donald Trump known as once more for nearer ties with Russia whereas at a NATO summit in London final week, highlighting the potential for reaching a deal to increase the New Begin nuclear-arms-control settlement, which expires in 2021.
“With respect to nuclear weapons, I’ve spoken to President Putin and I’ve communicated with him,” Trump mentioned. “We’re — he very a lot desires to and so will we — work out a treaty of some type on nuclear weapons.”
The go to comes as Trump is going through an impeachment investigation that turns partially on his embrace of a principle that Ukraine reasonably than Russia interfered within the 2016 U.S. election. Lavrov arrives a day after the Justice Division’s inspector common is to launch the outcomes of a probe on Russia’s 2016 meddling.
Russia has criticized U.S. plans to maintain troops in Syria and warned that point is working out to increase the New Begin settlement.
“It’s arduous to say what the frenzy is” for the Lavrov assembly, mentioned Vladimir Frolov, a former Russian diplomat and overseas coverage analyst. “The one factor could be to get the negotiations began on extending” the New Begin settlement, he mentioned.
Lavrov’s final journey to Washington, in Might 2017, included talks with Trump within the Oval Workplace and drew assaults amid reviews that Trump had offered his Russian visitor with delicate intelligence info.
Tuesday’s assembly comes a day after Putin meets in Paris with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for talks on ending the battle in jap Ukraine.
Trump has additionally mentioned he’s contemplating Putin’s invitation to return to the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the tip of World Battle II on Might 9 in Moscow.