Putin, Trump to meet in Helsinki on July 16

Xinhua
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, will hold a summit in Finland's capital of Helsinki on July 16, the Kremlin said on Thursday.
Xinhua

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump will hold a summit in Finland's capital Helsinki on July 16, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

The two leaders are expected to discuss Russia-US relations as well as top international issues, according to the statement.

On Wednesday, Putin held a closed-door meeting with visiting US National Security Advisor John Bolton at the Kremlin and discussed details of the summit.

The summit may last several hours with the two presidents having a tete-a-tete in the middle of the day and then together with their delegations, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said following the talks between Putin and Bolton.

"They could agree on a joint statement outlining further steps from both sides to improve bilateral relations and joint action in the international arena to ensure global stability and security," he said.

Ushakov said Putin and Bolton discussed priority issues that the presidents would address at the upcoming summit, in particular Syria and its humanitarian needs.

On Thursday, the White House also made a statement on the Trump-Putin summit. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the two leaders would discuss bilateral ties and a range of national security issues.  


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