Pompeo to meet Putin on Russia visit

Mike Pompeo will meet Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. (AP)
Updated 11 May 2019
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Pompeo to meet Putin on Russia visit

  • The trip marks the most significant US interaction with Putin since July

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in Russia in the highest-level formal talks between the powers in 10 months, the State Department said on Friday.

The top US diplomat will meet Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi to “discuss the full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges,” the State Department said.

The US and Russia are at loggerheads over a number of global issues including Venezuela, where Pompeo has led US calls to demand that Moscow stop backing President Nicolas Maduro, a leftist whom Washington is trying to oust.

The trip marks the most significant US interaction with Putin since July, when President Donald Trump met the Russian leader in Finland in an encounter that was widely criticized inside the US.

Russia earlier announced Pompeo’s visit but it had been unclear whether he would meet Putin. 

He will also hold talks in Sochi with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

This is teir second meeting in as many weeks after they met on the sidelines of an Arctic conference in Helsinki.

Pompeo will also visit Moscow, where he will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier dedicated to Soviet troops killed in World War II — an era when Moscow and Washington were allied.


UN finds organized crime expanding in Southeast Asia

Updated 33 min 46 sec ago
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UN finds organized crime expanding in Southeast Asia

  • UN reported that corruption and easier movement of people and goods helped traffickers
  • An official from the organization said there is more than $60 billion of methamphetamine in the Southeast Asian market this year

BANGKOK: A UN report said organized crime syndicates in Southeast Asia are flourishing in the illegal trafficking of drugs, wildlife, counterfeit goods and people.
The report noted that corruption and freer movement of people and goods have facilitated the trafficking.
It said organized crime groups in the region are becoming more mobile as they exploit areas with weak border control and use advanced logistics to move products.
Jeremy Douglas, a regional representative of the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime, said the cumulative value of the methamphetamine market is more than $60 billion this year. Facilitated by organized crime, the market has expanded since a 2013 study found the accumulated value was $15 billion.