US and Russian presidents plan summit

Vladimir Putin

GETTYRussian President Vladimir Putin will be"extremely well prepared for his meeting with Mr Trump

It did not rule out a meeting between Bolton and Putin, but did not confirm one either. He is scheduled to attend the summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization July 11 and 12 and to visit Britain on July 13. The two countries also considered Vienna as a possible meeting site. Russian Federation was kicked out of what was then the G8 in 2014, in retaliation for the country's invasion of Crimea.

Expectations for a summit are therefore low, even though Trump said before he was elected that he wanted to improve battered U.S. -Russia ties.

"It gives me great regret to state that Russian-US relations are not in their best shape", President Putin told reporters.

A summit could irritate USA allies who want to isolate Putin, such as Britain, or who are concerned about what they see as Trump's overly friendly attitude toward the Russian leader.

Pompeo said the administration continues to support those sanctions.

Anticipation has been high for a possible Trump-Putin meeting as Trump seeks to mend strained relations with Russian Federation.

The United States initially sanctioned Russia over its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea and its backing for a pro-Russian uprising in eastern Ukraine.

"I think all se issues will be raised", Bolton said.

Reports suggest that he could announce the date and location of a Trump-Putin summit.

The last, brief meeting between Putin and Trump took place in November 2017 in Vietnam during an APEC summit.

"Maybe something positive will come out of it", the president said.

"Putin comes extremely well prepared for these meetings", said Michael McFaul, a critic of Trump who served as the United States ambassador to Russian Federation during President Barack Obama's second term.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was likely to meet his USA counterpart Mike Pompeo beforehand, he added.

"A Trump-Putin meeting would temporarily ease US-Russia tensions, but new US sanctions are still likely later this year", the Eurasia Group think tank said.

On the other hand, specialists in diplomatic relations fear that President Trump "is likely to make promises and concessions to a Russian autocrat he seems eager to please", explained Politico. But what must guide his conduct of American foreign policy is the pursuit of American national interests.

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