Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with his US counterpart Donald Trump on July 7 at the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg, the Kremlin reported Tuesday. “We agreed on July 7,” said Yuri Ushakov, a Kremlin adviser on international affairs.

The Kremlin and the White House have been negotiating the meeting between the two leaders almost since Trump took office earlier in the year -20 January – although from the outset it was suggested that it would be during the G20. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed his confidence that the meeting will shed light on the “prospects for cooperation” between the two countries. “We see the concern of most countries in the world about the current abnormal state of these relations, which have become hostage to the internal political struggle in the United States,” he said.

Senior US official Thomas Shannon met with Russia’s US ambassador Sergéi Kisliak yesterday to unblock the bilateral dialogue and ease the tension ahead of the expected meeting between Putin and Trump. Shannon had to cancel last week his trip to Russia after Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Riabkov canceled the meeting after new sanctions imposed by Washington over the conflict in Ukraine. In addition, Russia ceased cooperation with the United States, reached in the memorandum to avoid incidents in Syria’s airspace, after a US fighter knocked down a Russian-made Syrian aircraft in mid-July.

The White House has said there is no “formal agenda” for the meeting, although the US president wants to promote “areas of cooperation” with the Kremlin on issues such as the threat of North Korea, Syria or the campaign against Daesh. Trump’s advisers have not wanted to clarify whether he will talk to Putin about investigations into alleged Russian interference in last November’s US election and possible connections between his campaign and the Kremlin.

3 COMMENTS

  1. In his campaign and his weeks as president, Trump has not hidden his appreciation for Putin and his desire to establish closer ties with Russia.
    The question that many are asking – and the controversy that Trump can not get rid of – is how close they were and still are those links.

    • Putin may be sympathetic to Donald Trump, and it is true that the former KGB (who detested Hillary Clinton) wanted the billionaire to come to the White House with his help, but objectively, the Russian is an enemy of interests and values of the United States, and the president of this country can not fall into the naivete of treating it as an ally.

  2. Trump is one of those people that Putin and the Russians would call ‘useful idiots’. The term comes from the Cold War and describes a naive person that the Kremlin has under control and can be used for personal gain

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