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Vladimir Putin and John Bolton meet to prepare for presidential summit

Warm greetings all around as the the Russian leader and John Bolton get friendly – and get down to business

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US National Security Adviser John Bolton met Wednesday in a preparatory meeting regarding a long-awaited and anticipated summit with President Donald Trump. That summit has been looking more and more likely to happen since the first known reports in The Wall Street Journal on 2 June, and today’s meeting appeared by all accounts to be very positive.

The Washington Post’s Anton Troianovski writes in his report:

Putin warmly greeted Bolton in a grand oval meeting hall at the Kremlin, flanked by statues of Russian czars set before lime-painted walls.

Putin opened the meeting by repeating to Bolton his frequent contention that U.S.-Russian relations are in a poor state in large part because of the domestic political environment in the United States.

“Your visit here to Moscow inspires hope that we will be able to take first steps to restore full-fledged relations between Russia and the United States,” Putin said. “Russia never sought confrontation, and I hope that today we will be able to talk about what we can do from both sides in order to restore full-fledged relations on the foundation of equality and of respect for each other’s interests.”

Bolton in turn said he hoped Russia and the United States could find “areas where we can agree and make progress together.” He quipped that he looked forward to “hearing about how you handled the World Cup so successfully,” drawing a big smile from the Russian president.

“Even in earlier days when our countries had differences, our leaders and their advisers met,” he added. “I think that was good for both countries, good for stability in the world, and President Trump feels very strongly on that subject.”

The Post further reported that Bolton also met with Russian Foreign Defense Minister Sergey Lavrov and Kremlin Foreign Policy Adviser Yuri Ushakov, who with Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu met all together with the Russian President. The Post continued:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that Trump and Putin will likely meet “in the not too distant future” following Bolton’s visit to Moscow. Russian officials have sought such a meeting for months and have blamed U.S. domestic politics for the difficulty in making it happen. Trump himself has also pushed for a meeting with Putin despite resistance from senior political aides and diplomats.

The Trump-Putin summit would be the first meeting of the two presidents not taking place on the sidelines of a broader international gathering. It would garner intense scrutiny because of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Moscow and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. And it could overshadow the July summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, raising fresh questions about Trump’s commitment to America’s traditional alliances.

The Trump-Putin meeting is expected to take place while Trump is in Europe in mid-July. He is scheduled to attend the NATO summit meeting July 11 and 12 in Brussels and to visit Britain on July 13. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on news reports that a Trump-Putin meeting could take place in Vienna or Helsinki.

“We cannot boast about a wealth of bilateral contacts in our bilateral relationship,” Peskov said, describing the purpose of Wednesday’s meetings with Bolton. “Such contacts are used to exchange views on the main problems in international affairs – they are rather clear and obvious – and to discuss the sad state of our bilateral relationship.”

The Russian News Agency TASS had more comments on the meeting:

At the talks, the Russian head of state suggested discussing “what both sides could do to mend full-fledged relations based on equality and respect for each other’s interests.”

Trump’s adviser said he expects to talk with Putin about ways of bolstering Russian-US cooperation in the areas where both sides see eye to eye. Bolton noted that even when Russia and the US had serious differences, the two leaders and their advisers met and this laid the groundwork for ensuring global stability.

Bolton assured Putin that Trump is committed to achieving these goals.

Putin congratulated the United States upon gaining the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup and noted that Russia was ready to share its experience in organizing such a sporting event. “I would like to congratulate you upon the United States getting the right to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026,” Putin told Bolton. “For now, we’ve arranged the tournament in the proper fashion. It will be a pleasure for us to share this experience with you.”

Bolton replied that the United States was glad to learn that Russia was so successful in hosting the World Cup.

Tass reported in two parallel pieces that there were apparently two meetings, one lasting for two hours and the other about 90 minutes. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the parties discussed Syria, Ukraine and the present state of Russia – US relations.

It was widely hoped in Russia that President Trump’s election would mark a turning point in the worsening bilateral relations between the two countries. Since at least 2014, the Russian Federation has endured constant struggle as Western countries contended that Russia was interfering with Ukrainian sovereignty and acting illegally in the alleged “annexation” of Crimea which also happened in that year.

The withering sanctions, while having some effect on Russia’s ability to engage in commerce with the West, have at the same time galvanized the country‘s support of its own President, who has helped Russia to become much stronger internally and in its economic alliances with China, Saudi Arabia, India and other nations.

Further, the Russian Federation has made massive strides in military hardware, far surpassing Western military technology through the development of hypersonic weapons.

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Ronald
Ronald
September 5, 2018

NYT has a piece today “A Spymaster Steps Out of The Shadows”, on John Brennan.
A master piece of propaganda, you might almost think he’s a good guy, unless you know better.

Eggie Offo
Eggie Offo
September 5, 2018

The smile on Mr. Putin’s face showed that he was happy to meet Bolton after begging to meet them.

AM Hants
AM Hants
September 5, 2018

Here we go again, Russia World Cup and UN changes? Hope Russia and Syria prevent it.

White Helmets are helping Syrian militants prepare ‘false flag’ chemical attack – Idlib residents
https://www.rt.com/news/431099-white-helmets-false-flag-chemical/

John Vu
John Vu
September 5, 2018

Deepstate puppeteer goes to Moscova.

IllyaK
IllyaK
September 5, 2018

Yosemite Sam is in dire need of a polonium injection.

Ralph Conner
Ralph Conner
September 5, 2018

I hope Mr. Putin can sterilize that hand! How embarrassing for our country to be represented by such a degenerate.

Lena Jones
Lena Jones
September 5, 2018

Putin looks like he needs a peg on the nose to live through the handshake, and Bolton looks like he loves the stink of jewish shit on his mustache.

Ugh...
Ugh...
September 5, 2018

US is cancer, stay away.

Akit
Akit
September 5, 2018

Absolutely amazed to gear the war- mongering walrus being so polite! Quite out of character! Very suspicious.

obidiah_slope
obidiah_slope
September 5, 2018

Interesting………..

Linda Wren
Linda Wren
September 5, 2018

Putin is genuine in wanting a better relationship but he’s definitely not stupid. Putin looks like he can’t just believe the bs. Cheesed off you think?

Daisy Adler
Daisy Adler
September 5, 2018

In the past, Bolton lied and misquoted president Putin by declaring, “Vladimir Putin called ‘the breakup of the Soviet Union the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century.”

This is what V.Putin really said, in a speech in 2005:
“We should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century. As for the Russian nation, it became a genuine drama. Tens of millions of our citizens and patriots found themselves outside Russian territory. Moreover, the epidemic of disintegration infected Russia itself.”

Daisy Adler
Daisy Adler
September 5, 2018

Don’t trust this professional warmonger, who wrote:

“If I were doing the Security Council today, I’d have one permanent member, the United States, because that’s the real reflection of the distribution of power in the world. All international laws are invalid, meaningless attempts to constrict American power.”
“Negotiation is not a policy. It’s a technique. It’s something you use when it’s to your advantage, and something that you don’t use when it’s not to your advantage.” – John Bolton

tom
tom
September 5, 2018

Make sure you get your pen back, Mr Putin! And remember to count your fingers.

7.62x54r
7.62x54r
September 5, 2018

The white collar temp-worker Bolton does not have the appearance of a stately and intelligent man.

AM Hants
AM Hants
September 5, 2018

Just noticed the faces of Sergei and Sergey. Russia, do not look amused with the irritant.

AM Hants
AM Hants
September 5, 2018

Body language, so obvious which one is seriously unimpressed, with good reason.

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