Pompeo skips Moscow to discuss Iran with European officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has changed the schedule for his latest trip to Europe, substituting a stop in Brussels for one in Moscow to discuss Iran and other issues with European officials.

A State Department official said Pompeo, who departed last Sunday night, is still expected to meet today in Sochi with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The official isn’t authorised to discuss the itinerary by name and requested anonymity.

The visit to Sochi will be Pompeo’s first to Russia as secretary of state.

Twice last week Pompeo changed his travel schedule at the last minute, also citing matters dealing with Iran. He cancelled a stop in Berlin to fly to Iran, then cancelled a stop in Greenland to fly home from London.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boards a plane before departing from London Stansted Airport, north of London on May 9. – AP