Pompeo Discusses Sanctions, Syria With Russian Counterpart, U.S. State Dept. Says

'Secretary Pompeo reiterated that the United States seeks an improved relationship with Russia, ' spokeswoman says

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department in Washington, U.S., August 8, 2018.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed recent U.S. sanctions against Moscow and challenges in Syria's war in a phone call with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Friday, a State Department spokeswoman said. 

"Secretary Pompeo reiterated that the United States seeks an improved relationship with Russia and agreed to future dialogue," spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. 

It was their first phone call since Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain in March.