Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump can discuss cybercrime and ways of countering terrorism in Syria during the upcoming July 16 summit in Helsinki, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department for New Challenges and Threats Ilya Rogachev told TASS.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, back to a camera, listens to U.S. Sen.
"We recognise that the world is better off, I believe, if Russia and the United States have fewer tensions, get along a little better, maybe put aside some differences", Senator Richard Shelby said during Tuesday's meeting with Lavrov at the Russian foreign ministry. "We could be competitors - we are competitors - but we don't necessarily need to be adversaries".
Shelby told Lavrov the meeting was arranged "realizing that we have a strained relationship when we could have a better relationship between the USA and Russian Federation".
Ahead of the North Korea summit, some USA officials expressed concern about a meeting without any other aides present.
The U.S. has been strongly opposed to Russia's actions in Crimea.
A the head of a USA congressional delegation visiting Russian Federation said Tuesday he hopes for "a new day" in repairing relations between Russian Federation and the U.S.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 11th, the Israeli leader's office said in a statement on Monday.
Putin may start the summit with a meeting with Trump if Washington confirms that, Peskov told reporters on a conference call.
For his part, Trump has left open the question of changing the US position on Crimea.
Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton said Sunday that he had already spoken to Putin about Crimea, telling CBS's Face the Nation that he told him "we're going to have to agree to disagree on Ukraine".
Later in the day the congressmen were to meet their counterparts in the Russian parliament.