On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he wanted to “fully restore” ties between Moscow and Washington, during a visit to the country by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
After he received the US Secretary at his residence in the Black Sea Resort of Sochi, President Putin claims, “I would very much like your visit to Russia to benefit Russia-US relations and promote their development.”
He further praised the Mueller report, despite finding that Russia has interfered in 2016 United States’ Presidential Election.
“Despite the exotic nature of Mr Mueller’s commission, on the whole he conducted quite an objective investigation and confirmed the absence of any collusion between the US administration and Russia,” added the Russian President.
However, Moscow has dismissed all these charges “from the very beginning as complete nonsense.”
Earlier, Mike Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that President Donald Trump was committed to strengthening ties between Russia and the United States.
He further underlined to President Putin that the US President wanted to make “our two peoples more successful and, frankly, the world more successful, too,” adding that “President Trump wants to do everything we can and he asked me to travel here to communicate that.”
Mr. Pompeo claims, “Some of our cooperation has been excellent – on North Korea, on Afghanistan, we’ve done good work – (and) counter-terrorism work – together. These are things we can build upon.”