US, Russia to discuss Syria situation at summit

US congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

US congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

President Donald Trump's desire to begin his summit with Vladimir Putin with a one-on-one meeting "absolutely suits" the Russian leader, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

"I think that they will not avoid this issue as it is one of the most crucial problems today", Sputnik cited Syromolotov as saying.

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.

Kay Bailey Hutchison, the USA representative to NATO, said the major theme of the NATO summit would be the trans-Atlantic alliance's "strength and unity", despite repeated criticisms by Trump of alliance members who have yet to meet a commitment to boost their defense spending.

Yet the coming summit has fueled concerns among Trump critics in Washington, who raise concerns over an ongoing investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian surrogates amid the 2016 presidential election.

The American-Russian summit 16 July is expected to touch on these U.S. efforts and how Russia could help in persuading the Palestinian Authority to reengage the diplomatic efforts of the USA government.

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The border guard of Finland may temporarily regain control on the borders with European Union countries in connection with the Helsinki meeting, trump and Putin.

"I would say our (NATO's) major areas of deterrence would be Russia and the malign activities of Russia, the efforts of Russia to divide our democratic nations, INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty violations", she said.

The White House statement came a few days after John Bolton, the American National Security adviser, had held talks in Moscow with senior Russian officials and met with Putin.

"With regard to Trump's negotiating chips, it doesn't really seem like he has any because we've already seen that he is denying that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election", she said. "We will have to wait and see". President Trump could not have imagined better news before Americans hit the road this summer, and before midterm elections in the US.

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

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