Russia: Trump and Putin Probably Should Talk During Hamburg Summit

Posted June 30, 2017

The White House has announced that Pres. Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at next week's G20 summit.

In the Trump's book "The Art of the Deal", he proclaimed one of his mottos to be, "You do your thing, you hold your ground, you stand up tall, and whatever happens, happens".

"As the president has made clear, he would like the United States and the leaders of the entire West to develop a more constructive relationship with Russian Federation", said Trump's top security adviser.

Some of Trump's advisers had encouraged him to stage formal bilateral talks with the Russian leader in a sign that he's serious about warming the relationship between Washington and Moscow.

White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters that no agenda has yet been set for the meeting at the summit of G20 nations in Hamburg.

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Since Trump's inauguration, he and Putin have shared three phone calls. If the two men meet, it will be their first face-to-face encounter. It's unclear what the USA would get in return for the concessions, and both the NSC and State Department are said to be against giving Putin anything simply to improve relations.

At the end of March, Putin said he was ready to meet with Trump at the G20 summit, but neither Moscow nor Washington has confirmed plans to that effect. "But if we are talking about a separate meeting, such separate meeting is not being prepared at the moment", said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in response to a question from CNN.

Those relations reached a post-Cold War low under Trump's predecessor, Obama.

Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said the two will be in close proximity during the Hamburg meeting.

"We believe that the meeting will take place since the two presidents will be in the same city, in the same building, at the same time". "Washington's view has been distorted by the hatred against Russian Federation that engulfed numerous politicians".