Russia's top diplomats to meet after Putin-Trump summit - Russian foreign minister

Frederick Owens
July 6, 2018

The U.S. ambassador to Russian Federation on Thursday described President Donald Trump's one-on-one meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Helsinki later this month as an accomplishment "in itself".

The U.S. president, whose 2016 election campaign is being probed for possible collusion with Russian Federation, has said repeatedly he wants to have a good relationship with Washington's former Cold War foe, despite tensions between Russian Federation and the West over Ukraine, Syria and alleged election meddling around the world. Leaders of both countries will discuss a range of challenging issues, including a comprehensive discussion of Syria.

Some officials who have worked to stage past presidential summits fault the President's staff for not shielding him from an in-person encounter with Putin, arguing that he is badly mismatched with the wily Russian leader, who was trained by the KGB.

Not to mention the ongoing investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller on links between the Trump campaign in 2016 and Russian Federation.

"The Russian president has repeatedly stated and explained to his interlocutors that the issue of Crimea can not be and never will be on the agenda, as Crimea is an integral part of Russia", he said, adding that Moscow is open to dialogue and compromise on other issues.

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Trump said that he intends to bring up Russian interference with the United States presidential elections during his meeting with Putin. He's expected to travel to Helsinki on July 15th and hold a one-on-one meeting with Putin, followed by a larger meeting with aides and a working lunch the next day.

The American-Russian summit 16 July is expected to touch on these U.S. efforts and how Russia could help in persuading the Palestinian Authority to reengage the diplomatic efforts of the USA government. He expressed hope that their visit would symbolize a rebuilding of relations between the USA and Russian federal legislatures.

"I would say our (NATO's) major areas of deterrence would be Russia and the malign activities of Russia, the efforts of Russia to divide our democratic nations, INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty violations", she said.

"The main rationale to have a bilateral meeting between Trump and Putin: Let them discuss these issues and see exactly where there might be room for progress, or where they might find there's no room at all", Bolton said on "Fox News Sunday". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

The best outcome of the Helsinki summit, from the point of view of Putin's Russian Federation, is a new détente between the U.S. and Russian Federation.

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