Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

U.S. senators on rare visit to Moscow ahead of Putin-Trump summit

US congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg Senate Republicans Meet Lavrov in Moscow Ahead of Trump-Putin Summit
Ebony Burgess | 06 July, 2018, 03:34

U.S. President Donald Trump will discuss Russia's "malign activity" during a summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders and follow up in a meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin to determine whether Moscow wants to reduce tensions, U.S. official said on Thursday.

Putin may start the summit with a meeting with Trump if Washington confirms that, Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told a delegation of US lawmakers he hoped their visit to Moscow would help restore relations between the two legislatures, Interfax news agency reported. The U.S., alongside the European Union, placed tough economic sanctions on Russian Federation in response.

But he also said they would oppose any attempt, by the Syrian opposition, backed by the United States, to create an autonomous region in southern Syria.

U.S. -Russian ties have hit the lowest point in decades due to sanctions over Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 election and disagreement over Syria, Ukraine and other topics.

'You hear it a lot on the talk shows and your read about election meddling in popular punditry.

Neymar joins Messi and Ronaldo in Kazan mural club
They can't afford any hiccups like that against the Brazilians, whose backline should make the difference in this game. Sweden will come into this game considered an underdog, but the team has all the tools to overcome England .

However, Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on those conclusions and suggested the various investigations into Russian meddling were political motivated. Kislyak is now a member of Russia's upper house of parliament.

However, he took issue with President Trump's statement that he planned to discuss Crimea with President Putin there.

The White House said on Monday that the United States does not recognize Russia's alleged "attempt" on Crimea, and its sanctions on Russian Federation will remain in place.

Huntsman, speaking ahead of the July 16 summit, said it was worthwhile to try to make gains with Russian Federation despite a raft of activities against norms and USA interests.

"And again", Huntsman said, "you can't solve problems if you're not willing to talk about them".

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