Pompeo heading to Brussels before Russia trip

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report Pentagon to present White House with plans to deploy up to 10K troops to Middle East: report Senate panel rejects requiring Congress sign off before Iran strike 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 PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTop European official accuses Trump, Putin of trying to weaken EU Gridlock in Moldova's government helps Russia and Putin What the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election MORE and Foreign Minister 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 BoltonJohn Robert BoltonIraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran Overnight Defense: Trump officials say efforts to deter Iran are working | Trump taps new Air Force secretary | House panel passes defense bill that limits border wall funds Trump officials say US efforts to deter Iran have worked MORE’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 the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group into Central Command's jurisdiction is part of an increasingly aggressive posture toward Tehran, 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.