Putin, Trump agree on summit in 3rd country

Moscow, June 28 (IANS) Russia’s Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump will meet in a third country for their first official summit, which has been sought out for some time by the two leaders to attempt to mend the badly strained bilateral relations, senior officials of both governments said here on Wednesday.

Confirmation of the summit came after a two-hour meeting between Putin and visiting US National Security Adviser John Bolton, Efe reported.

“I can say that an agreement has been reached on holding the summit, even an agreement on the date and venue,” Putin aide Yuri Ushakov said, adding that a “very convenient place for us and the American side has been selected in a third country.”

The time and place of this summit will be announced tomorrow simultaneously by the Kremlin and the White House, Bolton told reporters after his meeting with Putin.

The two countries have disagreed on a variety of issues, including the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and nuclear disarmament, to the point that relations between the US and Russia are at their worst moment since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Welcoming Bolton to the Kremlin, Putin acknowledged that ties between Moscow and Washington were “not in the best shape” and apportioned some of the blame to “the internal political struggle” in the US.

“Russia has never sought confrontation, and I hope that we can talk today about what can be done by both sides to restore full-format relations on the basis of equality and respect,” Putin said.

Maintaining bilateral communications during previous low points was “good for both countries, good for stability in the world,” Bolton said.

“President Trump feels very strongly on that subject,” the White House aide said.

According to the British press, the White House seeks to schedule the Trump-Putin meeting for before the July 11-12 NATO summit in Brussels or immediately after the US president’s visit to the United Kingdom, set to take place on July 13.

Putin and Trump met for the first time on July 2017 during the G20 summit in Germany.

Over 1 mn protest against pension reform in France

Paris: More than one million people in France joined nationwide protests, rejecting the government's proposed pension reform bill that would raise the retirement age from 62 to 64, French Interior...

Cyclone Freddy deepens cholera risks in worst-hit countries: WHO

Brazzaville: The devastation by tropical cyclone Freddy is exposing major health risks in the hardest-hit southern African countries, amid the ongoing and exacerbated cholera outbreaks across the continent, warned the...

US on edge over possible Trump indictment

Washington: The US is on edge over the possibility that former President Donald Trump would be indicted over an alleged hush-money payment during his 2016 election campaign. Law enforcement in...

Macron pushes forward pension reform despite tensions

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron has said that his government's controversial pension reform plan should become law "before the end of the year". However, he added on Wednesday that he...

N.Korea fired 4 cruise missiles in a day: Seoul’s Defence Minister

Seoul: South Korea's Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup on Thursday said that North Korea fired four cruise missiles the previous day, though a detailed analysis is still underway to confirm the...

‘Change is coming that hasn’t happened in 100 years and we’re driving it’: Xi’s parting message to Putin

London: China's President Xi Jinping told a grinning Vladimir Putin 'change is coming' in an ominous parting message as he departed Moscow following talks with his Russian counterpart, the media...

Biden nominates Nisha Biswal as Dy CEO of US finance agency

Washington: US President Joe Biden has announced his intent to nominate Indian-American policy expert Nisha Desai Biswal as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)....

New York beefs up security measures amid uncertainties over Trump case

New York: Law enforcement in New York City stepped up security measures in sensitive areas after former US President Donald Trump recently suggested that he would be arrested and called...

Biden okays bill to declassify intelligence info on Covid origins

Washington: US President Joe Biden has signed a bill to declassify intelligence information on the origins of the Covid pandemic, which has so far claimed more than seven million lives...

US report raises concerns over human rights violations in Pakistan

Islamabad: The US has raised serious concerns over human rights violations in Pakistan in an annual report. The State Department's 2022 Country Report on Human Rights Practices points out incidents...

Indian students ask Sunak to clear their names in English test scandal

London: A group of international students, including many Indians, who had their visas revoked almost 10 years ago after accusations of cheating in English language tests in the UK, have...

Saudi King invites Iranian Prez to visit Riyadh

Tehran: Just over a week after Tehran and Riyadh agreed to restore diplomatic relations, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has invited Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to visit...

Read Previous

China won’t give up any inch of territory: Xi tells Mattis

Read Next

Number of children maimed or killed in conflict rises; Syria on top:UN

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com