Trump Plans to Raise Russian Election-Meddling With Putin

Trump Putin to meet in Helsinki July 16th

Trump Plans to Raise Russian Election-Meddling With Putin

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, would not say whether the congressmen would later meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Shelby told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Tuesday that he hoped for an improvement in relations between the United States and the Russian Federation. "We agreed to choose a date and place right after the meeting of our presidents in Helsinki to find ways for the realizations of goals which will be hopefully set at this summit". When asked by reporters Saturday whether he would consider recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea, Trump said that "we'll have to see".

The US senators are due to meet with the upper house of the Russian parliament later Tuesday. The two reportedly had another meeting later in the evening where the two spoke for almost an hour, with only Putin's translator present.

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Lavrov also congratulated the delegation on the forthcoming US Independence Day and wished them well on hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

And while Trump praised his meeting with Kim as a success, the meeting failed to implement meaningful action towards denuclearization and featured few concessions by North Korea.

He said the Kremlin was "very satisfied" that the senators were visiting Russian Federation.

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Trump and Putin met first during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany last July and again at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Danang, Vietnam in November.

Foreign policy experts have warned the meeting between the two heads of state could have potentially massive consequences as Putin has been described as a "very disciplined negotiator" who may be able to extract major concessions from Trump.

On the issue of arms control, the official said the U.S. intends to raise Russian violations of the INF arms treaty during the meeting and discuss the fate of arms control agreements between the two countries.

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