U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, the Kremlin and the White House said on Thursday. I think it's about him, and he's a narcissist, it's all about him.
The U.S. and Russia have been at odds over a number of issues including Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Russian actions in Syria and its 2014 annexation of Crimea.
They had previously met on the sidelines of a G-20 gathering in Germany and an Asian Pacific conference in Vietnam previous year.
"We're going to talk about Ukraine, we're going to be talking about Syria".
Accepting that Crimea is never to return to Ukrainian control, would be a major concession to Russian Federation, which is languishing under tough global trade sanctions over its actions.
All this is happening while the United States intelligence agencies are claiming that Moscow has meddled with 2016 elections from one side, and from the other, Trump tweeting: "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!".
"I think he's, I think the president often says "we'll see" to show that he's willing to talk to foreign leaders about a range of issues and hear their perspective", Bolton said.
Explaining to Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that the summit would be "somewhat unstructured" so as to skip "the pressure of immediate deadlines or crises", Bolton said that he didn't think that Trump has conceded his leverage over the election meddling issue by accepting Russia's innocence on Twitter.
The president has called Mueller's probe a "witch hunt". "We've seen how the North Koreans have behaved before.We're going to pursue this, and we'll see what happens".
The strengthening of Trump's political position this year has made it possible for Trump to renew his friendship with Putin.
Moscow said Trump had invited Putin for a summit at the White House but the focus has shifted to a meeting on neutral ground.
"So I think it still raises the question", Bolton said. Putin is known as a shrewd negotiator who some officials worry could exploit such a session and extract concessions from Trump. "Here we can come to a common understanding", Suslov said.
"Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!".
Trump on Friday implied the US could discuss recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea during the summit in Helsinki, but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Crimea is off the table. Trump told reporters he planned to discuss Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, a move that is widely viewed as illegal under worldwide law and saw Russian Federation kicked out of the Group of Eight (G-8) summit-now the G-7-which brings together the world's most advanced economies.