Pompeo heads into Putin meeting after surprise EU visit on Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchey residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Monday, May 13, 2019. (Alexander Nemenov/AP)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads into a Tuesday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss numerous hotspots where the U.S. and Russia are on opposing sides, including Iran and Venezuela.

The meeting in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi comes a day after Pompeo made a surprise appearance at a gathering of European foreign ministers in Brussels to push for support in the Trump administration’s clash with Iran over its nuclear program.

European leaders pushed back as they continued trying to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal despite the Trump administration’s withdrawal last year and newly toughened sanctions.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he feared escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran could lead to war.

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