Pompeo speaks with Russian FM on Trump-Putin meeting

Pompeo speaks with Russian FM on Trump-Putin meeting

The two leaders were scheduled to meet on July 16 for only the third time and in the first official U.S. -Russia summit since President Donald Trump was sworn into office in January of previous year.

"The President hopes that a meeting can help reduce tensions", US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman told reporters on a briefing call set up by the White House.

USA intelligence agencies concluded that Putin ordered a hacking-and-propaganda campaign aimed at swaying US voters, and officials later said the Kremlin clearly meant to support Trump. "We could be competitors - we are competitors - but we don't necessarily need to be adversaries". "We recognise that the world is better off, I believe, if Russia and the USA have fewer tensions, get along a little better", Senator Richard Shelby said during the meeting with Lavrov at the Russian foreign ministry. "We look into the future with optimism and are ready for cooperation on all fronts", he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has wished President Donald Trump a happy Independence Day ahead of their upcoming meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. The two will meet alone, before being joined by their advisers for an extended.




The lawmakers specifically brought up Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election - along with other "malign" Russian activities when they met with members of the state Duma and other officials over July 4th. The U.S., alongside the European Union, placed tough economic sanctions on Russian Federation in response. The European Union extended economic sanctions against Russian Federation expiring at the turn of July by six months, press service of the EU Council said on Thursday.

The head-to-head between the United States and Russian leaders will follow a delicate North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

Mr Trump's meeting with Mr Putin, the first summit between the pair since Mr Trump took office last January, comes with political risk.

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