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

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

Mr. Huntsman said the president recognizes the challenge of dealing with Russian Federation, and that every president since the end of the Cold War has failed to improve the relationship.

Trump accused Merkel of pursuing oil and gas deals with Russian Federation that provide Moscow with "billions and billions of dollars" while looking to the United States to protect Germany from Russia's military.

Eastern Europe, which sits at Russia's doorstep, has been particularly eager to keep American troops.

The next two weeks will be a heady time for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, as President Donald Trump lands on the continent to attend the annual North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, take a pit stop in London, and hold a controversial one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. "We're entering with our eyes wide open, but peace is always worth the effort".

The prospect of Trump and Putin meeting alone has raised concern among members of the US national security community, some of whom have fretted that Putin, who has served as either president or prime minister since 2000, will use the meeting to gain leverage over the U.S.

Also in the teleconference, Kay Bailey Hutchison, the USA envoy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said Russian Federation would be a key topic at the NATO summit in Belgium next week.

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Administration officials have also said that subjects discussed with Putin would include Syria, where the administration is looking for a political settlement that would allow the withdrawal of USA troops there.

"You know, I think the fact that we're having a summit at this level, at this time in history, is a deliverable in itself", said Huntsman, adding that he "wouldn't underplay at all the importance of actually sitting down for the first time in a meeting-summit environment and discussing the issues that really matter most".

Just last week, he trumpeted a Putin talking point, tweeting: "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!" He is due to arrive in Helsinki the evening of July 15 for meetings the next morning with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.

Speaking of the possible topics of the upcoming meeting, Huntsman said "some of them might be around strategic stability and arms control".

The summit will include a one-on-one sit down followed by an expanded bilateral meeting with advisers and a working lunch.

In this photo made available by the German Federal Government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump, seated at right, during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

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