Listen: At odds on many fronts, US and Russia hope for better ties
"Was sunny and warm in the Russian resort city of sulky today secretary state, Mike Pompeo travel there to meet with his Russian counterpart and with President Vladimir Putin. Unlike the city where they met the US Russian relationship is probably better described as overcast and chilly in any case Pompeo was looking on the bright side, he told reporters I am here today because President Trump is committed to improving this relationship, but as the world's Matthew bell reports actually resetting US. Russia ties is a long shot when Putin wants to host foreign guests in relaxed atmosphere. He meets them in Sochi where Russia hosted the twenty fourteen Winter Olympics, ladies and gentlemen, the president of the Russian federation. Putin. Putin spends a good amount of time in this city that was rebuilt in part to glorify his presidency. It's the perfect setting for Putin's first meeting with a high level American official in nearly a year. It is important that Mike Pompeo is visiting. He was as a director of the CIA one of the first officials from Trump administration to actually pay visit to Russia, and then he hosted Russian intelligence, insecurity. Chiefs in Washington semen, Sarah, John is director of the Russia matters project at Harvard's Kennedy School of government. He says Pompeo has an established relationship with the Russians and the timing for this meeting is good too. With the Muna report already published this. Duck clout has looked dissipated, but has has changed color, and Sarah, John says there are areas where the US and Russia want to work together counter-terrorism is one both governments want to lower the threat posed by international terrorist groups like. Isis arms control is another one neither country wants nuclear war, and Sarah, John says extending the new start treaty aimed at preventing an arms race between the US and Russia is something that's achievable."