Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Focus at Four: What we know about the upcoming Trump-Putin summit

Focus at Four: What we know about the upcoming Trump-Putin summit

President Donald Trump will drill down on Russia's "malign activity" during summits with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and President Vladimir Putin, U.S. officials said on Thursday, signalling a harder line against Moscow than Trump has traditionally taken. They arrived in St. Petersburg June 30 and met with its Gov. Georgy Poltavchenko.

According to Russian media reports, Lavrov lately met with a United States lawmakers delegation on Trump-Putin meeting.

The US delegation is in Russian Federation until Thursday, ahead of the summit planned in Helsinki on July 16, at a time of high tension between Russian Federation and the West.

Peskov said on July 2 that the Russian president was open to searching for compromises with Trump on "all" issues except the status of Ukraine's Crimea region, which Moscow claims is part of Russia. The two figures have met twice before with their last meeting dating November during an Asia-Pacific summit.

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.

Just the other day, a summit between US Trump and South Korea's Kim made history in Singapore over denuclearization.

CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.

The delegation of U.S. lawmakers came to Russian Federation ahead of the meeting between presidents Putin and Trump, who are to hold their first serious face-to-face in less than two weeks.

Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin and Trump could meet tete-a-tete without their aides before the broader official talks on July 16. "And our Crimea sanctions against Russian Federation will remain in place until Russian Federation returns the peninsula to the Ukraine".

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