Pompeo Tells Russian Official: Interference in Our Domestic Affairs Is Unacceptable

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned a top Russian official on Tuesday that Russia shouldnt interfere in Americas affairs.

Pompeo met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Washington. After the meeting, he told reporters: “On the question of interference in our domestic affairs, I was clear, its unacceptable and I made our expectations of Russia clear.”

“The Trump administration will always work to protect the integrity of our elections. Period. Should Russia or any foreign actor take steps to undermine our democratic processes, we will take action in response,” he added.

Former special counsel Robert Muellers team and the Senate Intelligence Committee have said in reports that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 election.

Pompeo met with Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin in May in Russia.

“Our bilateral ties are of course complicated. We cooperate in some areas; in other places, we compete,” he said. He and Lavrov agreed earlier this year “to keep our lines of communication open and to keep our conversations candid.”

“Our talks today continued that,” he said. Topics included counterterrorism, narcotics, Syria, and Afghanistan.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hold a joint news conference in the Franklin Room at the State Department in Washington on Dec. 10, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

He said that the parties agreed on a final, fully verified denuclearization for North Korea and that a major portion of the conversation was Ukraine. Lavrov just met with Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“I reiterated to Foreign Minister Lavrov that Crimea belongs to Ukraine and that the resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine begins with adherence to commitments made under the Minsk agreements,” Pompeo said.

Another topic was arms control; President Donald Trump wants a new trilateral agreement involving both Russia and China after the United States and Russia withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty treaty earlier this year.

Lavrov said that the meeting showed that “talking to each other is always better than not tRead More – Source