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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Sochi on Tuesday for a meeting with Vladimir Putin and Sergey Lavrov as a growing conflict between the United States and Iran threatened to boil over.
It is Pompeo's first visit to Russia as America's chief diplomat, and he said ahead of the trip that he would confront Putin about election interference.
CNBC - Interviewer - People - Security - Elections
'We’ll certainly talk about that,' he assured a CNBC interviewer. 'I’m confident that the American people should feel good about the security of our elections in 2020.'
The State Departments said Monday that 'attacks' by Iranian proxies and Tehran's 'destabilizing' actions in Syria would be on the agenda, as well.
US - Iran - Oil - Tankers - Middle
The U.S. is accusing Iran of sabotaging four oil tankers anchored in the Middle East, and President Trump warned Iran on Monday that 'it’s going to be a bad problem' for the nation if the behavior worsens.
'They’re not going to be happy. They are not going to be happy people,' he said in the Oval Office.
Allegations - Oil - Tankers - Saudis - UAE
Allegations over the oil tankers, two of which belonged to the Saudis, one the UAE, and one of which was a Norwegian vessel, further strained relations between Iran and the U.S.
The U.S. sent a group of nuclear-capable, aircraft carriers to the Middle East last week as it claimed it had evidence of a 'credible threat' from Iran that required the urgent deployment.
Tehran - Days - Provisions - Agreement - Donald
Tehran announced days later that it would no longer abide by certain provisions of the international nuclear agreement that Donald Trump left last year but Europe and Russia remain party to, unless it gets the sanctions relief it was initially promised.
Trump's administration responded to the threat by introducing sanctions on Iran's medal industry.
Russia - US - Sanctions - Iran - 'illegitimate
Russia has said that U.S. sanctions on Iran are 'illegitimate' and in violation of a United National Security Council resolution.
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