Trump plans one-on-one meeting with Putin

US congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

US congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

Also Tuesday, Lavrov spokes on the phone with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the July 16 meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump, who is set to leave for Europe on Tuesday, will hold meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in Brussels, visit Britain, and then meet Putin in Helsinki for a one-on-one meeting on July 16.

The American-Russian summit 16 July is expected to touch on these U.S. efforts and how Russia could help in persuading the Palestinian Authority to reengage the diplomatic efforts of the USA government. The two leaders last met in Moscow in May. In the case of Putin, Trump has already assessed their interpersonal ties up close, but wants more time to develop the leader-to-leader relationship, according to a person familiar with the summit's planning.

Given all this, it would not be surprising if Trump sought to avoid any impression that he was under Putin's sway - for instance, a one-on-one meeting with no other officials present.

Peskov's comments come a week after, Putin told US national security adviser John Bolton that Russian-American relations "were not in the best shape", during a meeting in Moscow, according to Russia's TASS news agency.

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Trump said he's getting other countries to reduce and eliminate tariffs and trade barriers, citing India as an example, and to open up markets.

"We're hoping that coming out of the Putin-Trump meeting in Helsinki, it will be the beginning, maybe, of a new day", Shelby added.

CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.

John Bolton, US National Security Adviser, emphasized that sanctions imposed after Crimea invasion were not part of the discussions during the summit.

It said they also discussed current issues including the situation in Syria and on the Korean Peninsula.

Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine has led to economic sanctions being placed on Moscow, but the subject will not be discussed in the Finnish capital, Peskov said. Trump pulled the USA out of the deal earlier this year.

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