Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

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

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

Given the president's reported desire to explore pulling USA troops from Germany, one administration official said "there is nothing being said at all about the troop alignment in Germany or anything that would change the 32,00 troop force we have in Germany". "I've heard nothing on that score". Previously, Putin and Trump have had meetings on the margins of other global gatherings.

A senior administration official on the call confirmed CNN's reporting that Trump will meet alone with Putin to kick off the first official summit between the two leaders and likened it to President Ronald Reagan's summits with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

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

But Hutchison, and the US ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, gave upbeat assessments of the upcoming meetings. And that the very holding of this meeting is in itself a great achievement.

"We're entering with our eyes wide open, but peace is always worth the effort", Huntsman said. "Every one of our allies - 100 percent - are increasing defense spending". After Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, all NATO Allies pledged to end cuts to their respective defence budgets and move toward spending 2 percent of their GDP on defence by 2024.

"The overall theme of this summit is going to be NATO's strength and unity", Hutchison said.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to US President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017.

"The president has determined that now is the time for direct communication between himself and president Putin and it is in the interests of the United States, the interests of Russian Federation and the interests of peace and security around the world", the official said.

Regional experts have questioned the success of the Trump-Kim meeting, in which the president agreed to suspend US military exercises with South Korea but appeared to get little in return.

"They kill us on trade".

On Thursday, a senior U.S. administration official revealed agenda for the upcoming summit.

At the end of June, Shargunov, along with his colleague Aleksey Zhuravlev, introduced a bill to the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) with the aim of establishing fair responsibility for actions that do not present a significant threat to society's safety, and therefore, can not be considered a criminal offense.

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. He will hold a working dinner later. He will meet with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders the week before in Brussels.

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