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President Trump Set To Meet With Russia's Putin On July 16

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Melinda Barton | 29 June, 2018, 22:48

"I can say that we have reached an agreement to hold a summit, we have even agreed on the time and the place of the meeting, and we will announce this obviously with our American colleagues tomorrow", Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters in Moscow.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the weekend he expected Bolton's Moscow visit to lead to a summit "in the not too distant future".

He acknowledged that any meeting with Putin is likely to generate some "political noise" in the US, where Trump has been dogged by a special counsel's probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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"Such contacts are used to exchange views on the main problems in global affairs - they are rather clear and obvious - and to discuss the sad state of our bilateral relationship".

Bolton helped Moscow and Washington strike a deal to hold the summit, a move likely to worry some USA allies and draw a fiery reaction from some of Trump's critics at home. "When our presidents were talking on the telephone, Trump proposed to hold a first meeting in Washington, in the White House", Ushakov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying.

Relations between the two countries had already deteriorated over issues such as Russia's seizure of Crimea and Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

"We can not boast about a wealth of bilateral contacts in our bilateral relationship", Peskov said, describing the objective of Wednesday's meetings with Bolton.

The last, brief meeting between Putin and Trump took place in November 2017 in Vietnam during an APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit.

He added that Russian Federation never wanted a confrontation with the USA, and offered to discuss what could be done to "restore full-fledged relations based on equality and mutual respect".

Moscow denies meddling in the USA election and Trump denies any collusion took place.

Bolton added that "President Trump feels very strongly on that subject".

The U.S. adviser also said he wanted to hear Putin's account of "how you've handled the World Cup so successfully". Some media reports have mentioned Finland's capital, Helsinki, as a possible venue. They are at odds over Syria, Ukraine, allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, and accusations Moscow was behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain in March.

Earlier this month, Putin said he was ready to meet Trump as soon as Washington gave the green light, adding that Vienna was a possible venue.