Pompeo to Visit Russia Next Week to Meet With Putin

State Dept: Pompeo will raise 'aggressive' Russian actions

Next week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be heading to Russia for a rare high-profile visit with President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. This will be the highest-level talks between the US and Russia in 10 months.

The visit will take place in Sochi, a resort town along the Black Sea. State Department officials say Pompeo intends to raise the “aggressive and destabilizing” actions Russia is taking worldwide.

In theory that probably means Pompeo brow-beating Russia over how Ukraine hasn’t managed to crush the ethnic Russian region along the Russian border, something the US has long had a problem with.

The bigger focus, realistically, will be Venezuela. The Trump Administration has been threatening to invade Venezuela for months, something Russia has loudly opposed, and Russia will definitely reiterate opposition to that.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.