Trump – Putin Summit Set for July 16th in Helsinki, Finland
A long awaited US – Russia summit will take place in the Finnish capital next month, the first time the leaders of both nations will have met since November of last year.
Both the White House and the Kremlin announced details this morning of what will be the first official summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Previously, Presidents Trump and Putin have met for short duration talks at international conferences; the G7 meeting in Hamburg, Germany and the Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam last year.
‘’The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues’’, a White House press statement outlined.
A similar announcement from Moscow added that the two presidents would discuss ‘’Russian-US relations and their further development”, as well as current international matters.
The news comes a day after National Security Advisor, John Bolton, met with Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu were also present at the meeting in which the groundwork for the July meeting was laid-out.
The long-awaited summit, to take place during President Trump’s July trip to Europe, will follow a three day visit to the UK, in which he will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Queen of England in London.
Left-wing activists are mobilizing for significant street protests ahead of the UK visit, a so-called ”carnival against hatred” according to one prominent supporter. The UK visit will follow President Trump’s expected attendance at a NATO summit in Brussels on July 11th and 12th.
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