The White House announced the first meeting of Trump and Putin
US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet at the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7-8. Truman National Security Advisor Gen. Herbert McMaster stated this, according to the Associated Press.
On the possible content of the conversation, McMaster said that the talk will be about both the “irritants” and the spheres in which the Russian Federation and the United States cooperate.
US President Donald Trump has instructed the administration to work out options for possible “concessions” that he can use in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Guardian reports, citing sources.
As two former officials, familiar with the preparations for the meeting, told the newspaper, one of such concessions could be the return of Russia’s embassy villas in the United States, selected as part of the sanctions imposed in December 2016.
According to The Guardian, State Department staff and members of the National Security Council oppose Russia’s unilateral concessions to improve relations. What exactly Trump can ask for Putin in return, while not known, writes The Guardian.
In 2016, relations between Russia and the US sharply worsened first at the background of the war in Syria, in which the countries support different parties, and then, because of the alleged interference of Moscow in the election of the American president, the “Medusa” notes.
In the opinion of US intelligence services, Russia organized an election campaign in the United States that included impacts through propaganda and cyberattacks. One of its goals was, according to special services, to contribute to the victory in the election of Donald Trump. Vladimir Putin supposedly personally sanctioned this campaign.
The Russian authorities, including Vladimir Putin, have repeatedly denied attempts to intervene in the election of the US president.