The stage is and everything is ready for the much awaited meeting between the U.S president Donald trump and the Russian president, Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16.
The United States and Russia simultaneously revealed the details of the high-stakes meeting in separate statements Thursday morning.
An agreement has been reached that on July 16 in Helsinki there will be a meeting between the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the President of the United States Donald Trump. The Kremlin said.
The talks will see the two leaders discuss “the current state and prospects for development of Russian-US relations,” according to the news reports
A statement from the White House said the men would also approach “a range of national security issues”.
The two countries first announced plans for a summit after White House national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday met with Putin and other senior Russian officials at the Kremlin. To discussed the details of the first full meeting between the presidents.
US-Russian relations have hit lows not seen since the Cold War over Moscow’s invasion of Crimea, its involvement in eastern Ukraine and allegations of political prying, as well as disagreement over the Syrian conflict.
The Trump-Putin summit arrives on the heels of a historic — yet controversial — meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.orge Silva/AP, FILE
As president, Trump has met Putin briefly twice before. They talked one-on-one for two hours during the G20 summit in Germany in July 2017 and met again on the sidelines of a November Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam.
July’s meeting will be the first full-fledged, bilateral summit between the U.S. and Russia since former President Barack Obama met then- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2013.
Trump’s sit-down with Putin is expected to be fraught with controversy. Special counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate whether any members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials in their efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The upcoming summit also comes amid worries about Russia’s behavior from some of Washington’s longtime European allies.