OREANDA-NEWSRussian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed the preparation of talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on May 14 in Sochi. Politicians agreed on this during negotiations in Finland, a source at the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“In connection with the reports in the media about possible dates for negotiations between Lavrov and Pompeo, I would like to clarify that we are talking about the upcoming meeting on May 14 in Sochi,” she said TASS. “Officially the visit and negotiations will be announced on the Russian MFA website. Official information". Earlier, a source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation reported this to the Russian media. “The talks between Lavrov and Pompeo are scheduled for May 14 in Sochi,” the source said. “The parties agreed on this during the talks in Finland”.

This meeting will be the second for the current month: on May 6, Lavrov and Pompeo held talks in Finnish Rovaniemi. The meeting lasted about an hour and allowed, according to the head of the Russian diplomatic agency, to make a “very good step forward” in the development of the telephone conversation of the presidents of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the United States Donald Trump, which was held on Friday at the initiative of the American side.

Earlier, on May 5, Pompeo declared that Russia should refuse to be present in Venezuela, as well as other states. This position of the USA won't change, he noted. “Russians will have to leave, this is our point of view. The United States wants the rest of the states to get out of this country, ”he said. Lavrov said in response to this that Russia never interferes in the affairs of others and calls others to do the same.