Lavrov, Pompeo discuss Putin-Trump summit in July

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According to a statement issued by State Department's spokesperson Heather Nauert, Pompeo and Lavrov discussed the upcoming meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Xinhua reported.

"I think that they will not avoid this issue as it is one of the most crucial problems today", Sputnik cited Syromolotov as saying.

Putin "feels absolutely comfortable in all formats that are comfortable for his interlocutors", Peskov said, adding that the Kremlin "doesn't rule out" a private meeting between the two presidents.

According to Russian media reports, Lavrov lately met with a United States lawmakers delegation on Trump-Putin meeting. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

"So far there is no such meeting on the President's agenda, but we know that the American legislators have planned very extensive meetings with their colleagues."

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"With regard to Trump's negotiating chips, it doesn't really seem like he has any because we've already seen that he is denying that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election", she said.

Moscow signaled on Tuesday that it would welcome a chance to open the summit with a one-on-one meeting between the leaders, pending agreement with the White House.

Trump and Putin will likely also discuss two arms control pacts - the INF Treaty and the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), Huntsman said, declining to address whether they might strike a deal on either pact, which are planks of U.S.

Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine has led to economic sanctions being placed on Moscow, but the subject will not be discussed in the Finnish capital, Peskov said.

When Trump emerged from his meeting with Kim, for instance, he stunned America's Asian allies and his own staff by announcing a halt to US-South Korea military maneuvers that have long infuriated Pyongyang.

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