Trump to meet with Putin amid Russian Federation investigations

Reuters

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President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week, the Associated Press reported on Thursday afternoon.

"We have no specific agenda", national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters during a briefing on the trip, which includes a stop in Warsaw.

Contacts between Russia and the United States are under intense scrutiny following allegations by USA intelligence officials of Russian interference in last year's US presidential election.Russian officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say they are frustrated that the Trump administration has not been able to engage effectively with Russia on important issues.

"It appears that they took the warning seriously", Mattis said, referring to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying it had not launched any new chemical attacks.

Since Trump's inauguration, he and Putin have shared three phone calls.

Several congressional committee as well as the FBI are investigating Russia's role in the election and any alleged collusion by Trump's campaign. "It's really going to be whatever the president wants to talk about".

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The duo's first meeting comes after the west initially were alarmed about the relationship between the two leaders, especially after a cascade of reports suggested that Russian Federation had meddled in the U.S. election to help Trump win. Trump has staunchly denied that he had any contacts with Russian Federation during his White House bid.

The White House said Trump's main goal would be to end all differences between Russian Federation and the West and "develop a common approach".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has already warned "master of the deal" Trump that "Putin also knows how to negotiate, and does it always in the interest of Russia".

At the end of March, Putin said he was ready to meet with Trump at the G20 summit, but neither Moscow nor Washington has confirmed plans to that effect. The compounds were seized by the US government as part of sanctions in response to Russian active measures during the 2016 presidential campaign and other acts of Russian aggression.

That is an important distinction, since a formal bilateral meeting would elevate the talks and signal improving ties between Moscow and Washington, while a pull-aside would indicate a lower status to the relationship. Such concessions could include returning two diplomatic compounds in the USA to Russian Federation or lessening sanctions. The Kremlin threatened "retaliatory measures" agains the USA for the seizure of the compounds earlier this week.

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