Pompeo and Lavrov discuss Helsinki meeting on phone

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to discuss the upcoming meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki next week, the US State Department said in a statement. The two diplomats also talked about Syria and North Korea, the statement said. Trump and Putin are to have their first dedicated face-to-face in the Finnish capital on Monday next week.