Huntsman: Russia's 'Malign Activity' To Top Trump's Meeting With Putin, NATO

Andrei Makhonin  TASS

Andrei Makhonin TASS

Sergei Lavrov said his meeting with Pompeo would have to take place after the summit in Helsinki and not before because of his USA counterpart's tight schedule.

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.

President Donald Trump and his USA delegation intend to raise the issues of arms control, Ukraine, Syria and election meddling during their meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior administration told reporters Thursday.

In an upcoming July 16 summit, President Donald Trump reportedly plans to sit with Russia's Vladimir Putin for a one-on-one meeting before allowing other aides to join them.

Richard Shelby, a Republican senator from Alabama who heads the delegation, also called for dialogue, according to a statement from the governor's office.

Kay Bailey Hutchison, the US Representative to NATO said the major theme of the NATO summit would be the trans-Atlantic alliance's "strength and unity". They go to Moscow on July 3, to meet with their counterparts in the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia's bicameral Federal Assembly, ahead of the Trump-Putin meeting.

Shelby told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Tuesday that he hoped for an improvement in relations between the United States and the Russian Federation. Persistent U.S. accusations that Trump and his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential elections and differing views over global affairs, such as conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, have divided the two leaders, however. The U.S., alongside the European Union, placed tough economic sanctions on Russian Federation in response. He will meet with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders the week before in Brussels.

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

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