Kremlin: Arms control, Iran on agenda at meeting with Pompeo

AP — The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin will be discussing arms control, Iran and Syria at upcoming talks with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo is arriving in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi Tuesday for talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He is expected to meet with Putin after that.

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that he expects the meeting to focus on arms control, Iran, Syria, the crisis in Venezuela and North Korea’s nuclear program.

Pompeo said in a tweet before setting off for Russia that Moscow and Washington agree on some issues and disagree on others but added that it is “our responsibility to find a way forward.”

Before hosting Pompeo, Putin is expected to visit a military facility in the south that manufactures some of Russia’s most modern fighter jets. Asked whether it was deliberately timed to coincide with Pompeo’s visit, Peskov argued this was a routine visit and not a “message” to anyone.

On Monday, Putin toured another military aviation factory and chaired a meeting on the military industrial complex.