According to White House officials, President Trump will meet with Russian President Putting during his visit in Germany.
Trump and Putin will meet at the G20 summit in Hamburg, which starts Friday, after his short visit to Poland.
“We have no specific agenda,” stated national security adviser H.R. McMaster. “It’s really going to be whatever the president wants to talk about.”
Gary Cohn, Trump’s national economic adviser, stated, “We don’t have an agenda set up for these meetings right now.”
“They will meet” apart from the G-20 summit, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated Thursday.
“If we are speaking about preparations for a separate meeting with Trump, no preparations are being made for any separate meeting at the moment. There is no progress yet,” he stated, showing a lack of agreement whether the meeting will be informal or formal session.
McMaster stated that Trump plans are to develop “a common approach to Russia” and for America’s European allies to “develop a more constructive relationship with Russia, but he’s also made clear that we will do what is necessary to confront Russia’s destabilizing behavior.”
Trump main attention will be placed on containing Russia’s “destabilizing behavior … and come up with a strategy to do that,” McMaster stated.
“Nobody wants a major power at war. What is it that we have to be able to put in place to be able to deter conflict?” he stated.
McMaster stated that Russia will not receive a special treatment.
“Our relationship with Russia is no different than any other country,” stated McMaster, who said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has maintained the relationship between the two countries.
McMaster stated that Trump’s national security team has a three-dimensional mission from the president in dealing with Russia: facing its “destabilizing behavior,” including the hacking and election interference; discouraging Moscow from war; and developing new areas of cooperation.
“We’re engaged in wide-ranging discussions about irritants and problems in the relationship and areas to explore common interests and opportunities,” McMaster stated.
At the Thursday’s media briefing, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked will Trump confront Putin about Russian hacking in the 2016 election.
“Obviously I’m not gonna get ahead of the president’s conversation,” she responded.
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