Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are holding a joint press conference Tuesday afternoon, before President Trump and Lavrov are scheduled to meet later in the day in the Oval Office.
Lavrov’s visit follows a major announcement in Ukraine-related impeachment proceedings: House DemocratsTuesday against Mr. Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
During the news conference, Pompeo called U.S.-Russia ties “complicated,” but said the U.S. has been working to improve that relationship during the Trump administration. Pompeo said Ukraine — and the importance of Ukraine’s sovereignty — was a “major” topic of conversation between the two. Pompeo also emphasized that he made it clear to Lavrov the U.S. will not tolerate election meddling.
“I was clear – it’s unacceptable,” Pompeo said, adding the U.S. is ready to take action if necessary.
Lavrov brought up Paul Whelan, a U.S. national who has been detained in Russia for nearly a year, insisting Russia is abiding by all its own laws.
How to watch Pompeo’s and Lavrov’s press conference
- What: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hold a joint news conference
- Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
- Time: 1:15 p.m. ET
- Location: State Department – Washington, D.C.
- Online stream: Watch in the player above or on your mobile or streaming device
The foreign minister’s visit also comes a day after the Justice Department’s watchdogsaying the FBI was justified in opening a probe into ties between Russia and Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign for president.
Top Trump administration officials, however, point to procedural missteps the watchdog highlighted, and Mr. Trump says the investigation was an attempted overthrow of government.