Russia: US Lawmakers Visit Ahead of Trump, Putin Summit

Cheryl Sanders
July 6, 2018

"I think that they will not avoid this issue as it is one of the most crucial problems today", Sputnik cited Syromolotov as saying.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there was no plan for the senators to meet Putin.

The meeting between Putin and Trump will be held in Helsinki on July 16, press service of the Kremlin said earlier.

The Kremlin said Putin did not plan to meet USA politicians who are visiting Russian Federation this week.

Yet the coming summit has fueled concerns among Trump critics in Washington, who raise concerns over an ongoing investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian surrogates amid the 2016 presidential election.

For the second day in a row he stressed that the two powers do not necessarily need to be adversaries, but competitors like in sports or trade.

Lavrov began Tuesday's meeting by congratulating the US lawmakers about the upcoming US Independence Day holiday.

Persistent U.S. accusations that Trump and his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential elections and differing views over global affairs, such as conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, have divided the two leaders, however.

Last year, Trump and Putin met on the margin of worldwide summits: the first was the G-20 meeting in Hamburg in July 2017, and the second, the joint AIPAC-ASEAN Summit that was held in November 2017 in Vietnam.

He said the Kremlin was "very satisfied" that the senators were visiting Russian Federation. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

There are fears that the President will be so keen to impress Putin that he will be even more confrontational than expected at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels a few days before he goes to Helsinki.

Lavrov and Pompeo also touched upon topical issues on the global agenda, such as the situation around Syria and the Korean Peninsula issue, the statement said.

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