Putin aide blasts stall in Russia-US relations as 'impermissible'
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 30, 2017,
Jun 30, 2017, 0:17
Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Putin would be among the "many world leaders" meeting the USA president during the summit, taking place on July 7 and 8. Russian officials have denied any meddling in the 2016 election.
The meeting comes amid heightened tensions between the USA and Russia over the situations in Ukraine and Syria, and with Trump casting new scrutiny on his predecessor, President Barack Obama, for not doing enough to counter Russian election meddling. "It's whatever the president wants to talk about".
"I find it dismaying and objectionable that President Trump continues to deny the undeniable fact that Russian Federation launched a major cyberattack against the U.S.", he said.
At the same conference, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Russian Federation was applying "significant effort" to restarting the strategic dialogue with the USA concerning a vast spectrum of issues.
While it appears a meeting between the leaders is imminent, it's unclear what type of interaction it will be. He is committed to finding areas of cooperation with Putin, the officials said, and has asked members of his team to continue preparing options for partnering with Russian Federation. Trump's promise of closer co-operation with Russian Federation has prompted concerns that the US will have diminished leverage over global issues and he could be more sympathetic to Russian Federation.
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"They will meet" on the sidelines of the G20, Mr Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, but added that "no preparations" are being made for any separate meeting at the moment. First of all, Russophobic sentiments are harmful to the United States itself.
The situation in Syria and Ukraine would not be the only issues Putin and Trump might discuss, Lavrov said, adding that the main focus should be on the "normalization" of US-Russia relations.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster confirmed the meeting during a briefing with reporters about the President's upcoming trip, which will also include a stop in Poland.
"While in Hamburg the President will meet with many world leaders including..."