Busy Putin will ‘try’ to make time for Trump: Kremlin https://t.co/MzWavy1iYo
— Eric W. Dolan (@EWDolan) June 30, 2017
The Kremlin has underlined that the planned meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, will have to hinge on Putin’s busy schedule.
Both leaders will attend the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany next month—an occasion that has long been touted as their first chance for a face-to-face meeting. As the July 7-8 summit approaches, however, there has been no announcement regarding the exact date and format of the meeting. It is not clear if it will be a side meeting or a full-fledged bilateral sitdown…
My god. "Trump has told aides to come up with possible concessions to offer as bargaining chips in his planned meeting next week with Putin" pic.twitter.com/agsHiBGxzD
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) June 29, 2017
… There is strong resistance in the NSC and state department to one-sided concessions aimed simply at improving the tone of US-Russian relations. There is also opposition within the administration to Trump’s preference for a formal bilateral meeting with Putin at the G20 summit in Germany, as first reported by the Associated Press.
Some officials argue the meeting should be a brief and informal “pull-aside” at the two-day summit, which starts next Friday in Hamburg, in view of the fact that Trump is under multi-pronged investigations into his campaign’s relationship with Moscow. The sceptics also argue there has been no let-up in Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, which was the trigger for the bulk of the sanctions….
Couldn’t we just gift-wrap this guy, and leave him over there permanently?
President Putin with Henry Kissinger today in Russia. Few Americans have spent as much time with Putin as Kissinger. pic.twitter.com/sY39GneT3o
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) June 29, 2017