As the tension between the United States and Iran was increasing,US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo visited Russia to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and President Vladimir Putin.
In his meeting with Sergey Lavrov and other Russian leaders, Tuesday Moscow time, Mike Pompeo stated that US President Donald Trump has a strong desire to improve good relations between the two countries. The statement very possibly is in connection with increasing tensions between Washington and Moscow related to new US pressure on Iran.
The US hostility against Iran, in the form of new economic sanctions and sending American carriers to the Gulf region, has made Washington's relations with Moscow tense. This happened because Russia has good relationship and cooperation with Iran.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meanwhile, was eager to find out the American plans in resolving its tensions with Iran. Washington's policy towards Tehran, became important for Russia, because in a few weeks President Vladimir Putin will likely meet Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G 20 Summit in Osaka Japan.
Commitments of the two countries to find a way out for crisis in various regions, especially in the Middle East including Iran will influence the geopolitical conditions of the world. As is known the US new sanctions for Iran were applied while Western European countries still have economic relations with Iran.
Last year , western European countries disagreed with US decisions last year to pull out from the Iran Nuclear agreement. Now Washington has continued to increase its pressure on Tehran including imposing sanctions on Iran's Metal sector. This despite of the fact that Iran and some Western European countries still have trade relations in the sector.
Whether US policy towards Iran will change, will be determined, among other things, by Mike Pompeo's talk with Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, May 15, as well as further talks between the two Presidents in Osaka the next few weeks.
Budi Nugroho P.