Trump to meet with Putin amid Russian Federation investigations

Kristopher Drake
June 30, 2017

Moscow believes that a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his United States counterpart Donald Trump will take place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday, TASS reported.

Trump will also meet with other world leaders, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said.

The face-to-face conversation would come amid an ongoing FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian officials during last year's US election.

Trump has struck a tough tone on Russia's ally Syria, ordering a missile attack on a military base there in April after it reportedly was used to launch a chemical attack; and warning this week that the government of Bashar al-Assad would "pay a heavy price" if it carried out a new chemical attack.

Russian Federation and the United States are also at odds over Ukraine, NATO expansion and the civil war in Syria where Moscow supports President Bashar al-Assad.

Trump has frequently called for better ties with Russian Federation but lawmakers in his own Republican Party are urging him to be wary of Moscow.

The Trump administration's vexed relationship with Russian Federation, including contacts between some of the president's senior advisers and Moscow, has faced intense scrutiny amid a cascade of media revelations and a series of official investigations, including by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Donald Trump is considering offering Russian President Vladimir Putin concessions, and we have no idea what Trump is getting in return.

Gary Cohn, Trump's chief economic adviser, said the White House expected the meeting to be a formal bilateral one rather than an informal "pull-aside" conversation. "It's whatever the president wants to talk about".

In the last days of his presidency, Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking USA political groups in the 2016 election.

Putin, who has served as both Russian president and prime minister, has outlasted the previous two USA presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Those compounds, located in Maryland and outside New York City, were seized by the USA as part of a larger sanctions package authorized by then-President Barack Obama to punish Russian Federation for the election meddling.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Putin on Thursday that Germany hoped to bring him together with Trump at the summit.

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

"We assume that contact will take place since the two presidents will be at the same time in the same city, the same building, the same hall", he said, according to RT.

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