USA ambassador tries to lower expectation for Trump-Putin meeting

Trump Plans to Raise Russian Election-Meddling With Putin

Trump Plans to Raise Russian Election-Meddling With Putin

"I wouldn't underplay at all the importance of actually sitting down for the first time in a meeting, summit environment".

Her comments come just weeks after Trump charged that America is "the piggy bank that (NATO) likes to take from", and "we like to help out, but it helps them, they're in Europe".

Aides will be allowed to enter the meeting, which is set for July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, after the two have had a chance to talk on their own.

The prospect of Trump and Putin meeting alone has raised concern among members of the US national security community, some of whom have fretted that Putin, who has served as either president or prime minister since 2000, will use the meeting to gain leverage over the U.S.

Trump has denied that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation and has repeated that Putin has denied involvement in the US electoral process.

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 summit will follow a NATO meeting in Brussels where Russian Federation will also top the agenda, said U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin will meet alone at the summit because the president decided that this is the right time for direct communication, said Mr. Huntsman.

An extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) for another five years may be on the agenda during the talks between Trump and Putin, a senior U.S. administration official said, according to Reuters.

The INF Treaty, signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987, required both sides to eliminate their ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 km (310 and 3,420 miles). The two sides, which deny violating the pact, have made no obvious progress on resolving the dispute.

"My guess is that that will be part of the discussion as well, but I don't want to get ahead of the possible summit conversations", Huntsman said.

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