Pompeo: Russia Poses Challenge to US Strategic Interests

Pompeo: Russia Poses Challenge to US Strategic Interests
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Russia represents a challenge for the strategic interests of the United States, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday.

“We know Russia poses a challenge to our strategic interests and the security of our allies,” Pompeo said. “This is evident from the chemical weapons attack in the UK, for which we imposed consequences in concert with several partners and allies.”

Pompeo went on to say that Moscow must honor its commitments under the Minsk agreement with regard to Ukraine. He also said Russia has a duty to press Syria’s President Bashar Assad to halt the use of chemical weapons, though Damascus denies involvement in any alleged chemical attacks in the country.

“As a guarantor of the Assad regime, Russia has a responsibility to be a constructive actor for stability and peace in Syria, which includes stopping the regime’s use of chemical weapons,” he said. “We are holding Russia accountable to its commitment to the Geneva process.”

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During the presidential race and after his victory, US President Donald Trump repeatedly said he wanted to improve relations between Russia and the United States. However, relations between Moscow and Washington have recently reached what Trump has called their lowest point.

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A number of issues, such as the Ukrainian crisis, several rounds of Western sanctions and unsubstantiated allegations of Russian meddling in the US presidential election have cast a shadow over ties between the two nations.

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