Pompeo heading to Brussels before Russia trip

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Senators say Trump using loophole to push through Saudi arms sale Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran 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 PutinRussia's dangerous new ploy: US trading Ukraine for Venezuela Trump's rejection of the Arms Trade Treaty Is based on reality Ex-Trump campaign adviser on Tillerson remarks: Trump will 'pick a fight with anybody' 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 BoltonGOP senator says Iran needs to 'stop acting like an outlaw' Iraq 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 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.