Trump will focus on Russia's 'malign' activity at summits: U.S

Trump will focus on Russia's 'malign' activity at summits: U.S

President Donald Trump is prepared to discuss Russian election meddling and other "malign" activities when he meets one-on-one with President Vladimir Putin later this month, the USA ambassador to Russia said.

Likewise, the Helsinki summit with Putin will include a one-on-one meeting on Monday July 16, followed by larger meeting with staffs, and then a working lunch between the two sides.

On the issue of arms control, the official said the United States intends to raise Russian violations of the INF arms treaty during the meeting and discuss the fate of arms control agreements between the two countries. Francis said a bipartisan team on the trip would've been best, and she said that the idea of Russian Federation dropping their foreign election-meddling tactics on their own "will never happen".

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.

This will be the first time the two have met for a formal summit.

Analytical centre Heritage Foundation has prepared a special memo to the President of the United States Donald Trump about the USA position regarding North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the Ukraine and Russian Federation.

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Also in the teleconference, Kay Bailey Hutchison, the USA envoy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said Russian Federation would be a key topic at the NATO summit in Belgium next week.

"We're entering [the talks with Russia] with our eyes wide open, but peace is always worth the effort", he added.

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

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".

"You can't solve problems if you are not talking about them", said Huntsman.

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