Top US, Russian diplomats to meet before Trump-Putin summit

Published: June 28, 2018 17:51:34 | Updated: June 30, 2018 16:56:43

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with US National security adviser John Bolton with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the background, during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. - AP

Moscow says the top Russian and US diplomats are likely to meet to set the stage for a summit between President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, reports AP.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is likely to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo within two weeks. Ryabkov said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies Thursday that Moscow already has made a proposal regarding the specifics of the meeting and is waiting for Washington’s answer.

Trump told reporters that he’ll probably meet with Putin during a July trip to Europe. He mentioned Helsinki, Finland, and Vienna, Austria, as possible venues, adding that he would be receiving an update from his adviser, John Bolton, who visited Moscow Wednesday to lay the groundwork for the summit.

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