Trump will focus on Russia's 'malign' activity at summits

Leroy Wright
July 6, 2018

WASHINGTON-U.S. President Donald Trump plans to raise the issue of Russia's "malign activity" in Europe, its efforts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election and allegations that Moscow possesses banned missile technology in a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this month, a senior administration official said Thursday.

Trump will enter the July 16 meeting in Helsinki with "eyes wide open" to assess whether Putin wants to improve relations, Ambassador Jon Huntsman said Thursday on a conference call with reporters.

Mr. Huntsman said the president recognizes the challenge of dealing with Russian Federation, and that every president since the end of the Cold War has failed to improve the relationship.

Fifteen members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are on track to meet the pledge to spend two percent of their GDP on defense by 2024, and "every one of our allies - 100 percent - are increasing defense spending, so that's something we will talk about as an achievement, but we have to do more", she added.

Huntsman said Trump would address the election interference in his conversations with Putin, along with a range of other national security issues, including Russia's annexation of Crimea and its efforts in Syria. But it will also take place under the cloud of special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into potential links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 vote.

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Analytical centre Heritage Foundation, which is called close to the US Administration, has prepared a special memo to President Donald Trump regarding America's position on NATO, Ukraine and Russian Federation.

The summit also will include a bilateral meeting and a working lunch between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin.

"The President has determined that now is the time for direct communication between himself and President Putin and that it is in the interest of the United States. and that's the way he's proceeding", the official said.

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

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