Mike Pompeo attacks Russian Federation during first trip as USA secretary of state

Mike Pompeo attacks Russian Federation during first trip as USA secretary of state

The alliance has been trying to hold a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council, which has not met since October 2017, before the July 11-12 summit but has been unable to arrange it.

A day after being sworn in as the new U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo landed in Brussels for talks with key allies in Europe on heightened Russian aggression and ways to strengthen the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

USA officials said Pompeo warned Turkey that countries that purchase military hardware from Russian Federation risk running afoul of new sanctions the United States imposed a year ago on Russia's military and defense industries.

"Our objectives are important and this mission matters an bad lot to the United States of America".

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on April 27, 2018.

Trump sent Pompeo to North Korea three weeks ago to meet the isolated country's leader, Kim Jong Un, ahead of a summit with the US president aimed at convincing Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters: "We are not in the old Cold War, but we are neither in the strategic partnership we tried to build after the Cold war".

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Pompeo will "reaffirm the importance" of the U.S. -NATO alliance and hold bilateral talks.

The NATO chief also said the agenda of the first session of the NATO foreign ministers' meeting was related to Russian Federation and the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa. The senior official said one of Pompeo's main goals with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is to refocus on coordination in northern Syria, where Turkey has been attacking Kurdish rebels supported by the US That coordination was started by Pompeo's predecessor, Rex Tillerson, who was sacked by Trump last month, and had languished in the absence of a new secretary of state.

In addition, Pompeo will have separate talks with the foreign ministers of Italy and Turkey.

"The "I will impose sanctions if you buy" approach will not affect Turkey", he said.

On April 26, three USA senators introduced a measure to block the sale of F-35 fighters to Turkey over what they said was Erdogan's "path of reckless governance and disregard for the rule of law".

The ministers are also likely to agree on the details of NATO's new training mission for the Iraqi armed forces.

In his first public remarks after being confirmed as President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Fox interview "like listening to the rantings of Richard Nixon" Pompeo arrives in Brussels for first overseas trip as secretary of State Feds seized over a dozen phones in Cohen raids MORE's new secretary of State, Pompeo urged the alliance not to return to "business as usual".

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