Senate Republicans Meet Lavrov in Moscow Ahead of Trump-Putin Summit

Posted July 04, 2018

USA officials have given conflicting signals as to whether Trump will raise with Putin the question of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to a post-Cold War low over issues including Russia's seizure of Crimea in March 2014, its role in wars in Syria and eastern Ukraine, and its meddling into the 2016 USA presidential election.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, listens to U.S. Sen. When asked by reporters Saturday whether he would consider recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea, Trump said that "we'll have to see".

"I'd like to know how your economy's doing as far as your GDP?" asked Shelby before bemused members of the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of parliament; however, if the USA delegation's visit was meant to break the ice, it seemed to have the desired effect.

Trump's refusal to reaffirm the long-standing United States opposition to Russia's intervention in Ukraine will dismay European allies ahead of next month's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on July 11, just days before his meeting with Putin. Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit Serbia in the coming autumn, Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Friday.

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American "political will" has shifted in a positive manner toward better U.S. Left unsaid was that the move would also likely require removing top Russian lawmakers from a "blacklist" imposed past year.

"I think the resumption of the inter-parliamentary dialogue is very timely in the run-up to the Helsinki meeting between the two presidents due in two weeks", Russia's top diplomat said.

Given the short notice, officials from both sides have been hashing out possible areas of cooperation and summit "deliverables" - with arms control and Syria rumored to lead the list.

Peskov was responding to a CNN report on Monday that said Trump plans to meet face-to-face with Putin at their July 16 meeting before allowing aides to join them.

The US delegation is in Russian Federation until Thursday, ahead of the summit planned in Helsinki on July 16, at a time of high tension between Russian Federation and the West. "We discussed all the issues including that one, but the resolution is not on our level".

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