Huntsman: Russia's 'Malign Activity' To Top Trump's Meeting With Putin, NATO


At least one topic of discussion appears off the table for President Donald Trump's upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin: Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Peskov was referring to the July 16 Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki, TASS reported.

The two presidents will meet in Helsinki on Monday, July 16 for another major summit of this administration.

Lavrov said his meeting with Pompeo would have to take place after the summit in Helsinki and not before because of his United States counterpart's tight schedule. "We are competitors, but we don't necessarily need to be adversaries".

The subject came up on Outnumbered today, when the panel talked about how Trump not only wants to meet with Putin one-on-one, and the indications that no Democrats were invited to the meeting in Finland. "We look into the future with optimism and are ready for cooperation on all fronts", he said.

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US State Department said on Tuesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov earlier on the day to discuss the future meeting of the two nation's presidents. "We'll be talking about world events". The U.S., alongside the European Union, placed tough economic sanctions on Russian Federation in response.

Trump's trip will begin Tuesday in Brussels, where he'll participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, before traveling to the United Kingdom for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May. The European Union extended economic sanctions against Russian Federation expiring at the turn of July by six months, press service of the EU Council said on Thursday.

However, he took issue with President Trump's statement that he planned to discuss Crimea with President Putin there.

Trump has expressed scorn for the alliance and is expected to upbraid European NATO members for not spending enough on their own defense.