Russia: Trump and Putin Probably Should Talk During Hamburg Summit
- Author: Jon Douglas Jun 30, 2017,
Jun 30, 2017, 0:18
The meeting will come at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, AP reported.
"While in Hamburg, the president will meet with many world leaders", said McMaster, citing the Russian president in particular.
At the same conference, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Russian Federation was applying "significant effort" to restarting the strategic dialogue with the USA concerning a vast spectrum of issues.
The format for Trump and Putin's meeting at the G20 has not yet been set.
Should the US take preemptive measures against the Syrian military to stop what Washington has said could be a potential chemical weapons strike, Lavrov said Russian Federation would respond "with dignity" to the USA "provocation".
"No preparations for the meeting are underway, no progress yet", he said.
Aside from an official phone call between newly-inaugurated Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which the former trashed his predecessor's nuke treaty as a "bad deal" without understanding it, the pair hasn't met in person.
The White House said Trump's main goal would be to end all differences between Russian Federation and the West and "develop a common approach".
"We repeat that President Putin and President Trump will be participating in G20 summit". Then, through a combination of overconfidence, inattention and occasional clumsiness, Washington contributed to a deep spiral in relations with Moscow, they say. Obama's last formal bilateral meeting with Putin was on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in 2015.
"We assume that contact will take place, as the two presidents will at the same time be in one town, in one building, in one room", Lavrov said. "It would not be right if they fail to hold a conversation and discuss many issues".
Anti-Russian sentiments which persist in Washington are harmful to the USA itself and prevent the untangling of important global issues, according to Lavrov.