Bolton to meet Putin in Moscow to discuss potential Trump summit

"It's something that I think both feel will contribute to improvements in the US-Russia bilateral relationship and in stability around the world", he added.

In case you are wondering who is going to drive the narrative about President Donald Trump's dreamed-of summit with Russian Ruler Vladimir Putin, media reported this morning the summit is on, citing a Putin aide as source.

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are set to meet, Russian and U.S. officials said on Wednesday, with reports details of the summit will be finalised on Thursday.

Bolton said that he would not address previous statements he had made and reiterated that Trump will "raise the full range of issues" between the United States and Russian Federation when the presidents meet in July.

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

Trump is scheduled to attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit meeting in Brussels on July 11 and 12, followed by a long-delayed visit to Britain, and could seemingly add another stop on the European trip to get together with Putin, perhaps in Helsinki. The Finland guess comes from a comment by an anonymous US official in a Reuters report, who said on Tuesday that Helsinki is the most likely location.

Bolton, a lifelong hawk who warned past year before his own appointment that Washington negotiated with Putin's Russian Federation at its peril, robustly defended the summit.

"Bolton, who is in Moscow negotiating details of the summit between the two leaders, also said that election interference came up during his conversations with Putin".

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The primary issues in US-Russia relations are Russia's interventions in the Ukraine and Syria, the country's interference in the 2016 US election, and its alleged role in the poisoning of a former double agent and his daughter in the UK.

US-Russian relations have been strained by disagreement over the Syrian conflict, Russia's annexation of Crimea, its involvement in eastern Ukraine and allegations of political meddling.

"Your visit to Moscow provides us with hope that we will be able to take at least the initial steps towards restoring full-fledged relations between our countries", Putin said. Trump denies wrongdoing and calls the investigation a "witch hunt".

Putin told Bolton on Wednesday that U.S. -Russia relations were not "in the best shape", something he said he put down to domestic political tussling in the United States. He added that Russian Federation never wanted a confrontation with the United States and offered to discuss what could be done to "restore full-fledged relations based on equality and mutual respect".

Aware that his own visit and the summit will draw criticism from some quarters, Bolton stressed the importance of talking to each other despite disagreements. "I just saw he had met with President Putin". But what must guide his conduct of American foreign policy is the pursuit of American national interests.

Bolton said later at a press conference that the two leaders will meet in a third country, without elaborating.

US sanctions on Russian Federation were not discussed, he said. Subsequent sanctions have punished Moscow for what Washington has called its malign behavior and meddling in USA politics.

President Trump tweeted Thursday morning, "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!"

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