Putin and trump agreed to meet

An agreement on the time and place of the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump was reached at a meeting between Putin and US Presidential Adviser on National Security John Bolton.

The corresponding statement is published on the website of the President of Russia. Assistant to the President of Russia Yuri Ushakov also noted that the time and place of the meeting between Putin and Trump will be announced later.

According to him, “a very convenient place was chosen for the summit for both Russia and the United States. This is the third country. ” “I can say that an agreement has been reached on holding a summit, even an agreement on the time and place of its holding, and we obviously will announce this together with our American colleagues tomorrow,” Ushakov explained.

Before Putin met with Bolton, closed contacts between the two sides took place, during which the possibility of holding such a summit was agreed, Ushakov noted.

Putin and Bolton discussed on Wednesday the priority issues that will be raised at the summit. The Kremlin notes that during the upcoming meeting of the presidents, “emphasis will be placed on bilateral relations, the Syrian settlement and the disarmament dossier.”

The meeting of the presidents of Russia and the United States will last several hours. “The presidents will meet in the middle of the day, at first there will be a face-to-face conversation,” Ushakov explained. The Kremlin expects that the meeting between Putin and Trump will give a good impetus to the development of bilateral relations.

Putin will be happy to host the Big Seven in Moscow

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said he would be happy to host the G-7 summit in Moscow. It is reported by Reuters.

“We did not decide to leave the group, at some point our colleagues refused to come to Russia for well-known reasons (Russia was expelled from the G8 due to the annexation of Crimea – approx. Ed.). Please, we will be glad to see everyone here in Moscow, ”Putin told reporters at a briefing in the Chinese city of Qingdao.

In addition, Putin added that the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), led by Russia and China, in which he participated in China, was ahead of the seven. The latter currently includes the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia had never sought to return to the G8 and was focused on other formats of international cooperation, which shared its approaches.

It was also reported that US President Donald Trump called for the return of the Russian Federation to the G8.

Ushakov: we are not conducting preparations for the meeting between Putin and Trump

“Our president mentioned at the St. Petersburg forum that Russia and America, of course, have something to talk about. But such specific training has not yet been conducted. And in this regard, the calendar is still March 20, when during a telephone conversation, Trump proposed to consider the possibility of holding such a meeting. Now, however, the question – where and when – hangs in the air for now, ”said Ushakov, TASS reports.

In an interview with the Austrian television and radio company ORF, Putin did not answer the question of why the next meeting with Trump has not yet taken place. “You need to ask our colleagues from the United States. In my opinion, this is a consequence of the internal political struggle in the USA, ”Putin said.

Putin and Trump met at international forums (G20 and APEC summits in 2017), and also held several telephone conversations. The last conversation took place on March 20.

The heads of the foreign affairs agencies of Russia and the United States were instructed to work out the issue of meeting the presidents. Trump in the last telephone conversation invited Putin to negotiate in Washington.

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