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Pompeo heading to Brussels before Russia trip

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSchumer urging Pompeo to warn Putin of consequences if Russia interferes in election The threat of Iran is in our backyard Calling out Code Pink's ignorance and hypocrisy MORE canceled his planned trip to Moscow Monday and headed to Brussels to meet with European allies to discuss "threatening actions and statements by the Islamic Republic of Iran," the State Department said.

Pompeo is still planning to meet on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Sochi, Russia, according to State. 

Pompeo is scheduled to discuss "the full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges" with Putin and Lavrov, according to the State Department.

Pompeo is scheduled to discuss a number of issues, including Iran, with officials from the United Kingdom, France and Germany while in Brussels, according to the State Department.

Tensions with Iran have flared following national security adviser John Bolton’s announcement last week that the U.S. would deploy a carrier strike group to the region after what the U.S. called “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Tehran.

Iran responded to the announcement by saying it will reduce its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal reached under the Obama administration, which the Trump administration withdrew from roughly a year ago.

The move of USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group into Central Command's jurisdiction is part of an increasingly aggressive posture toward Iran, which includes labeling Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a “foreign terrorist organization.”

Iran responded in kind, designating all U.S. troops in the Middle East terrorists.

Updated at 8:39 a.m.


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