Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has had a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, reaffirming US stance on the Inte
rmediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and Venezuela, the State Department said on Wednesday.
Pompeo told his Russian counterpart on Tuesday that the INF Treaty would terminate in early August unless Russia com
es back into full and verifiable compliance with the treaty, the State Department said in a statement.
Pompeo and Lavrov also discussed the situation in Venezuela and a peaceful transition to
democracy that is in the best interest of both the United States and Russia, said the statement.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Lavrov warned Pompeo in the phone co
nversation that Russia opposed US intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela, including the use of force.
Washington will face violations of international law if the United States intervenes, Lavrov told his counterpart.