The Donald Trump administration has tried to lower expectations from a meeting between US President and Vladimir Putin scheduled for Monday in Helsinki.
“This is not a summit,” said US Ambassador to Russia John Huntsman in an interview with NBC on Sunday. – I heard that this is called a summit. This is a meeting. ”
The pressure on Trump intensified after being charged Friday with 12 Russian intelligence officers hacking into the Democratic Party’s computer systems, the state election commission, and a company that provides voter verification software, Bloomberg writes.
A number of Republicans called on Trump to resolutely raise with Putin the issue of interference in the elections, while Democratic lawmakers called on the president to completely refuse to participate in the summit.
John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser, said it would be “foolish” for the US president to demand the extradition of Russians, something some lawmakers and others have insisted on.
“I think it’s pretty stupid for the president to demand what he cannot get legally,” Bolton told ABC. “The demand for something that will not happen puts the president in a weak position, and I think that the president made it clear that he intends to approach this discussion from a position of strength.”
Bolton also said the US did not expect “concrete results” from Putin on Monday. The meeting will be “generally unstructured,” he said.
According to Trump, he does not have high expectations from a trip to Helsinki.
Huntsman, speaking on Fox News Sunday, said he expects Russian “disruptive activities” in the elections – including in the US and Brexit balloting in the UK – will be “part of” Monday’s agenda.
The presidents are expected to discuss a wide range of other issues, from international arms control efforts to the presence of Iran in Syria.
On the whole, the meeting itself is, of course, the most important political event in relation to the two countries, but the internal pressure on Donald Trump remains very strong. Such a political situation in the country will remain at least until the elections to be held in the fall.
If we talk about market expectations, it is worth saying that the ruble and the Russian market as a whole have been growing steadily in recent years, laying on positive expectations. However, do not forget that most often in fact there is a profit fixation, especially since at this stage there may not be any cardinal changes.
It is also worth mentioning that the strengthening of the ruble, the decrease in OFZ yields and the growth of the Russian stock market took place against a rather favorable external background.
We add that in the United States at present, the context of political relations with Russia is quite tense. The White House is at odds with the team of special prosecutor Robert Muller, who reportedly tried to interrogate President Trump. At the same time, on the eve of the November elections to the US Congress, both are worried about the risk of “further Russian interference.”
US President Donald Trump flew on a big tour of Europe on Tuesday. First he will visit the two-day NATO summit in Brussels, then he will go to the UK, after which he will meet with Vladimir Putin in Finland.