Trump will meet one-on-one with Putin, ambassador confirms

Jul 06, 2018, 22:19
Trump will meet one-on-one with Putin, ambassador confirms

The U.S. president, whose 2016 election campaign is being probed for possible collusion with Russian Federation, has said repeatedly he wants to have a good relationship with Washington's former Cold War foe, despite tensions between Russian Federation and the West over Ukraine, Syria and alleged election meddling around the world.

Trump's decision to hit Germany, France and other top European exporters with steel and aluminium tariffs has done nothing to reverse his low popularity on the continent, and on Thursday he returned to another contentious topic-allied defense spending. After Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, all NATO Allies pledged to end cuts to their respective defence budgets and move toward spending 2 percent of their GDP on defence by 2024.

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President Donald Trump - who is heading to Brussels for the July 11-12 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit - has written to a number of America's partners in the transatlantic alliance, including Germany, to remind them of their commitment to raise defense spending to at least two percent of GDP by 2024.

Earlier in the day, US Envoy to Russia Jon Huntsman told reporters that Donald Trump believes that the upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin will help decrease tensions between the twonations.

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"You can't solve problems if you're not talking about them", Huntsman said. "We're entering with our eyes wide open, but peace is always worth the effort". "And you need to make sure that we're willing, on our side, to hold Russian Federation responsible for the many activities that they are responsible for, whether that is election meddling; malign activities throughout Europe, including the Balkans, U.K. and Brexit, France, and Italy, just to mention a few; and to hold them responsible for" the destabilizing use of social media.

At the end of June, Shargunov, along with his colleague Aleksey Zhuravlev, introduced a bill to the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) with the aim of establishing fair responsibility for actions that do not present a significant threat to society's safety, and therefore, can not be considered a criminal offense. He knows the facts and the details, and he's discussed it. No, no. But I will tell you, the Secretary-General Stoltenberg is Trump's biggest fan. "Of course, the president said that a purely formal approach is out of place here, that is, when it takes on an excessive form", the Kremlin spokesman noted. In the afternoon, he will have a one-on-one meeting with Putin, followed by an expanded bilateral meeting and a working lunch before he departs for Washington.

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