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

US congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

US congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

The U.S. ambassador to Russia has defended President Donald Trump's decision to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and insisted that it was up to Moscow to reverse the downward spiral in relations with Washington.

Messrs. Trump and Putin are set to meet July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, for their first formal bilateral meeting.

USA intelligence agencies concluded that Putin ordered a hacking-and-propaganda campaign aimed at swaying US voters, and officials later said the Kremlin clearly meant to support Trump.

"We will have to wait and see, and go from there, but we recognize that the world is better off, I believe, if Russian Federation and the USA have fewer tensions", Shelby added. "We are competitors, but we don't necessarily need to be adversaries". "Indeed, we do not rule out that both Presidents Putin and Trump may have a tête-à-tête meeting at the beginning, if an initial agreement is confirmed and there is preliminary understanding". "We look into the future with optimism and are ready for cooperation on all fronts", he said.

A USA congressional delegation was in Moscow on Tuesday meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian parliamentarians. And he's discussed it, ' said Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr.

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Relations between Russia and the US have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War times over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

He said the Kremlin was "very satisfied" that the senators were visiting Russian Federation.

But Ms Hutchinson said that the summit would show Nato's "unity and strength", underlying that all 29 members would be protected by the body.

The meeting comes on the heels of the president's summit last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - a meeting that critics fear legitimized one of the world's most hostile actors, while winning few concessions.

He added that Trump hopes the meeting "can help reduce tensions and lead to constructive engagement that improves peace and security around the world because you can't solve problems if you're not talking about them", but said: "the ball really is in Russia's court".

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