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Trump Administration Floats Summit With Britain, China, France and Russia for U.N. Anniversary Amid Pandemic

Trump Administration Floats Summit With Britain, China, France and Russia for U.N. Anniversary Amid Pandemic


WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke Monday to his Russian counterpart about convening the leaders of the 5 everlasting members of the U.N. Safety Council to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the State Division mentioned.

The division mentioned Pompeo spoke to Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov about the potential for a commemorative occasion “within the close to future” that might contain President Donald Trump and the leaders of Britain, China, France and Russia. The U.N. had deliberate a collection of celebrations to mark the event centered across the annual Basic Meeting session in September however has been pressured to cancel or postpone lots of them as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

No particulars of the proposed summit had been supplied within the temporary, four-sentence assertion, however such a gathering, both in individual or by teleconference attributable to COVID-19, would come because the U.S. pushes forward with efforts to increase a U.N. arms embargo on Iran that’s set to run out in October below the phrases of the 2015 nuclear deal.

The Trump administration, which withdrew from the accord in 2018, faces stiff opposition to extending the embargo from its fellow Safety Council members. The administration has threatened to invoke the “snapback” of all U.N. sanctions on Iran that had been eased below nuclear deal until the embargo is extended. The others say the U.S. now not has standing to take action.

The division mentioned in an announcement that Pompeo and Lavrov additionally mentioned Afghanistan, following stories that U.S. intelligence suspects Russia could also be paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American and allied troops. Critics have accused the administration of ignoring the potential risk and demanded motion. U.S. officers have countered that the intelligence was not conclusive.

The 2 males additionally mentioned election safety amid considerations Russia could attempt to meddle within the 2020 U.S. presidential vote, the assertion mentioned, including that Pompeo had “raised” the matter.

The assertion didn’t particularly point out the topic of arms management, which has been a specific level of rivalry between Washington and Moscow with the Trump administration warning it might not prolong a key nuclear treaty that expires in 2021 until China additionally turns into a celebration.