Top news stories of morning: Pompeo met with Putin and Lavrov, fighters of Hungarian Air Force twice intercepted Russian plane over the Baltic in 24 hours, Russian citizen fined for insulting authorities
Yesterday, May 14, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Sochi, after which he was received by President Vladimir Putin. At the meeting, Pompeo recalled that the United States did not recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimea and called for the release of Ukrainian sailors who are considered prisoners of war. He also urged Russia not to interfere in the US elections in 2020, otherwise “relations will be even worse.”
Hungarian fighters were raised an alarm to the sky over the Baltic for the second time in the last 24 hours. According to the information of the Hungarian Defense Ministry, they flew to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation carrying out flight maneuvers in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, but did not make any radio communication with the air traffic control services of the Baltic countries.
The court in the Russian city of Yaroslavl fined a local resident 30,000 rubles for posting photos on a social network with the graffiti insulting Putin on the building of the regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The court’s opinion states that the citizen “was aware of the unlawfulness of his actions” and “understood the indecent meaning of the word.”
Putin’s office responded to Donald Trump’s proposal for a meeting at a summit in Japan next month. Russian Foreign Affairs Adviser Yury Ushakov said that Russia is ready for any contact: “we can talk standing with President Trump, we can sit down for a more detailed conversation, it all depends on how our American partners are set up.”