United States, Russia have different views on situation in Ukraine - Pompeo

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks with Britain's ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow after a meeting with European foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels. — AP

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks with Britain's ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow after a meeting with European foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels. — AP

Pompeo said that Syria - where the United States and Russian Federation are on opposite sides - was a major topic of conversation during the talks Tuesday evening at Putin's dacha in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. There is a growing list of issues dividing the two countries - Russia's interference in the 2016 elections, Syria, Venezuela and, with tensions now growing in the Persian Gulf, Iran. "I hope that the necessary conditions for that to happen will now be created".

LUCIAN KIM, BYLINE: Hi, Ari.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday offered some odd descriptions of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation: "Exotic" and "very objective".

KIM: Yes, he did. But it seems that both the Trump administration and the Kremlin see the end of the Mueller investigation as a sort of milestone, that it's now behind them.

Pompeo, despite his close relationship with Trump, left little doubt on where he stood in remarks Saturday in California.

A Kremlin aide later said Putin is also open to a new meeting with Trump at the G20 summit in Japan next month if Moscow receives a formal proposal for such an encounter.

Pompeo is the highest-ranking U.S. official to see Putin since July when Trump met him in Helsinki and stunned the USA political class by appearing to accept the Russian leader's statement at face value that he did not meddle in the United States election. The U.S. commitment to kill that agreement, despite Iran's IAEA-certified compliance, and its increased pressure on Iran demonstrate that at this point no rational conversation on Iran is viable with this administration.

Rouhani set a 60-day deadline for the five remaining signatories to the deal - France, Germany, the UK, Russia, and China - to ensure Iran's interests are protected under the agreement or else the country would resume enriching uranium at higher levels.

He added, "They have been running an expansionist and very violent foreign policy around the Middle East for some time". I mean, Russian Federation helped Iran actually build a nuclear power plant.

"President Trump's made it clear that his expectation is that we have an improved relationship between our countries".

Also addressing the sanctions against Iran, Pompeo said the USA will continue to apply pressure on Iran until its leadership is "ready to return to the ranks of the responsible nations".

"He understands that the USA is going to be in the lead, but I think there are places we can work together", Pompeo said.

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.

Pompeo has led United States 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. National Security Advisor John Bolton, meanwhile, consciously pushes for escalation with regime change (if not Iran´s disintegration) as the ultimate goal. What did both sides have to say about that today? "Our elections are important and sacred and they must be kept free and fair and with no outside country interfering".

"We want and we are ready to deal with cyber-security issues along with our American partners, without any politicization", he said.