Don’t meddle in next US presidential vote: Pompeo tells Russia May 15, 2019 0 1850 12345 ReutersSOCHI/MOSCOWUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday that Washington would brook no interference by Moscow in the 2020 US presidential election, saying such a move would seriously harm already poor relations.Visiting Russia for the first time as secretary of state, Pompeo publicly clashed with Lavrov on issues from Ukraine to Venezuela. After their meeting, both men said they had been far apart on many issues.“I made clear to Foreign Minister Lavrov... that interference in American elections is unacceptable. If the Russians were engaged in that in 2020 it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been,” he said. “I’d encourage them not to do that. We would not tolerate that.” However, both men said they shared a desire to improve battered ties despite not being able to confirm a suggestion by US President Donald Trump that he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a meeting of the G20 in Japan next month.“The United States stands ready to find common ground with Russia as long as the two of us can engage seriously on those issues,” Pompeo said. “President Trump has made clear that his expectation is that we will have an improved relationship between our two countries. This will benefit each of our peoples. And I think that our talks here today were a good step in that direction.” Relations have long been strained by allegations –denied by Moscow–that Russia tried to influence the results of the 2016 US presidential election. Pompeo’s visit followed the publication of a long-awaited report by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the nature of Russia’s role in that election. Russian officials had expressed hope beforehand that Washington would now have more scope to improve ties.But though Pompeo and Lavrov made some positive remarks about the potential for cooperation on nuclear arms control, Pompeo listed a large number of US complaints about Russia. RELATED ARTICLES Philippines gives thumbs-up to Duterte as loyalists dominate election May 15, 2019 0 1307 Senior Conservatives tell May to ditch Brexit talks with Labour May 15, 2019 0 1784 Iran foreign minister in India for talks after US sanctions May 15, 2019 0 478 Violence during BJP president’s roadshow in Kolkata; arson outside college hostel Agencies kolkatta Students, learnt to be members of Trinamool Chhatra Parishad, were protesting near the front gate of Calcutta University and shouting “Amit Shah go back” slogans. Angered by the protest, BJP workers, .. China praises Pakistan for ‘swift action’ after terror attack at Hotel BEIJING: China has praised the Pakistan’s security forces for their “swift action” in neutralising the terrorists who attacked a luxury hotel in Gwadar and ensured the safety of the Chinese personnel and institutions .. 4 cops killed in Pakistan’s Quetta terror attack ARYNEWS ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Imran Khan while condemning the Quetta terrorists’ attack has sought a detailed report from the concerned authorities, ARY News reported on Tuesday. The terrorist attack in Quetta’s .. Bangladesh sets up new court to try opposition leader Dhaka: Bangladeshi authorities have set up a new makeshift court adjacent to a jail outside the capital Dhaka to try imprisoned opposition leader Khaleda Zia, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Zia, a two-time former prime .. Escalating anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lankan claim first life AFP Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka announced Tuesday a curfew for a second straight night after a man was killed by sword-wielding rioters in an escalating anti-Muslim backlash following the Easter terror attacks. .. US warns EU over ‘poison pill’ defence plans Brussels: The United States has sent a stern warning to the European Union that its plans to boost defence cooperation within the bloc could unravel decades of transatlantic cooperation and damage NATO. A May 1 letter .. Putin meets Pompeo as US seeks ‘a way forward’ Sochi: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the highest-level talks between the rival powers in nearly a year, dealt with a raft of disagreements from Venezuela to Iran to .. Democrats and Trump fight in court over his financial records WASHINGTON: A federal judge on Tuesday said financial records from US President Donald Trump’s long-time accounting firm would be part of a “proper subject of investigation” by Congress, appearing to side with ..