Its official, a Trump-Putin summit will take place on July 16th, in Helsinki, Finland.
The White House said in a press release that US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have scheduled a bilateral meeting for July 16 in Helsinki, Finland.
“President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation will meet on July 16, 2018, in Helsinki, Finland.”
The Kremlin has likewise confirmed that the US-Russian summit will be held in Helsinki on July 16th.
The Kremlin further stated that the two leaders will discuss the current state of US-Russia relations, as well as other international issues.
The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris analyze how the summit will worry many US allies and draw negative reactions from Trump’s critics.
Further adding more intrigue to the Trump-Putin meeting is the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will be visiting with Putin to discuss Iran and Syria, as well as attending the World Cup final. Rumors are swirling that POTUS Trump may make a surprise appearance at the final match along with Netanyahu.
Via Sputnik News…
On June 27, Trump told reporters that he would likely talk about Syria and Ukraine during his meeting with Putin. Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton met with Putin in Moscow the same day to begin preparations for the meeting.
Earlier in June, Vladimir Putin said that his meeting with Trump would take place as soon as the US side is ready for it.
Donald Trump has previously said that he wants better relations with Russia; however, he has only met the Russian president once — on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam last November.
Via The Jerusalem Post…
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled trip to Moscow next week is part of an ongoing conversation between him and Russian President Vladimir Putin about Syria and Iran, and not an “emergency” meeting scheduled to discuss the dramatic situation in southwestern Syria, a diplomatic source said on Wednesday.
The Kremlin spokesman confirmed that Putin will be meeting Netanyahu next week and will also meet the Emir of Qatar if he comes to Moscow for the World Cup.
Putin invited Netanyahu two weeks ago to the World Cup, along with a number of other leaders, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
The Prime Minister’s Office announced on Tuesday that Netanyahu will be going to Moscow on July 11.
This is the day of the second World Cup semi-final match in Moscow, and Netanyahu is expected to attend.
This will be Netanyahu’s third visit to Russia to meet Putin since the beginning of the year. He has also, according to Kremlin statements put out since the beginning of the year, spoken with the Russian leader six times on the phone.
By comparison, Netanyahu has traveled this year one time to the US to meet President Donald Trump, and the White House has put out only two “readouts” of calls between the two men.
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