WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke Monday to his Russian counterpart about convening the leaders of the 5 everlasting members of the U.N. Safety Council to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the State Division stated.
The division stated Pompeo spoke to Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov about the potential for a commemorative occasion “within the close to future” that will contain President Donald Trump and the leaders of Britain, China, France and Russia. The U.N. had deliberate a sequence of celebrations to mark the event centered across the annual Common Meeting session in September however has been pressured to cancel or postpone a lot of them as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
No particulars of the proposed summit had been offered within the temporary, four-sentence assertion, however such a gathering, both in particular person or by teleconference as a consequence of COVID-19, would come because the U.S. pushes forward with efforts to increase a U.N. arms embargo on Iran that’s set to run out in October beneath the phrases of the 2015 nuclear deal.
The Trump administration, which withdrew from the accord in 2018, faces stiff opposition to extending the embargo from its fellow Safety Council members. The administration has threatened to invoke the “snapback” of all U.N. sanctions on Iran that had been eased beneath nuclear deal except the embargo is extended. The others say the U.S. now not has standing to take action.
The division stated in an announcement that Pompeo and Lavrov additionally mentioned Afghanistan, following stories that U.S. intelligence suspects Russia could also be paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American and allied troops. Critics have accused the administration of ignoring the potential menace and demanded motion. U.S. officers have countered that the intelligence was not conclusive.
The 2 males additionally mentioned election safety amid issues Russia could attempt to meddle within the 2020 U.S. presidential vote, the assertion stated, including that Pompeo had “raised” the matter.
The assertion didn’t particularly point out the topic of arms management, which has been a selected level of competition between Washington and Moscow with the Trump administration warning it might not prolong a key nuclear treaty that expires in 2021 except China additionally turns into a celebration.