In Moscow, US senator hopes for 'new day' in US-Russia ties

Charlene Craig
July 6, 2018

Briefing reporters ahead of the trip, Ambassador Jon Huntsman was asked what the president hoped to achieve by meeting yet again with the leader of a country US intelligence officials have concluded undermined USA democracy by meddling in the 2016 election to help Trump win, among a long list of hostile actions.

The US administration has said the worsening situation in Syria will be a key issue at the summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin later this month.

According to the Kremlin and the White House, the two will be discussing an array of national security matters in addition to their relations.

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

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 11th, the Israeli leader's office said in a statement on Monday.

Comments from Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday that the two leaders were likely to meet alone without their aides before the start of the official summit are all but certain to feed the anxieties of Trump's critics. Another summit is due on July 16th in Helsinki still aimed at world peace. "First, we need to resolve those disputes and irritants that we have in our bilateral relations". He expressed hope that their visit would symbolize a rebuilding of relations between the USA and Russian federal legislatures.

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"I think it's always a good idea to sit down and talk, especially with our adversaries", said Napper, who is also a former ambassador to both Latvia and Kazakhstan.

It remains to be seen if Moscow would agree, in part or in full, with the 12 American demands put forward by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May for Iran to comply with.

During their phone call, Pompeo and Lavrov also discussed issues related to Syria and North Korea, said the State Department.

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