May 7, 2019 / 9:41 AM / 9 months ago

Pompeo, Russia's Lavrov to hold talks in Sochi on May 14: RIA

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the Arctic Council summit at the Lappi Areena in Rovaniemi, Finland May 7, 2019. Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the southern Russian city of Sochi on May 14, the RIA news agency cited a source in Russia’s foreign ministry as saying on Tuesday.

The two men are expected to discuss Venezuela’s political crisis and North Korea’s nuclear program.

There will be no shortage of other subjects for Pompeo and Lavrov to discuss as Russia and the United States remain at odds over Syria, Ukraine and nuclear arms control, as well as the detention by Russia of Paul Whelan, a former U.S. ex-Marine, on espionage charges he denies.

Reporting by Andrey Kuzmin, Maria Grabar and Andrew Osborn; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams

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