White House: Trump to meet Putin at G-20 summit

US, Russia agree to 'continue contacts' in Lavrov-Tillerson phone call

Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Putin would be among the "many world leaders" meeting the United States president during the summit, taking place on July 7 and 8. But other aides cautioned that appearing close to Putin would present an optics challenge to a President under a cloud of controversy over the Russian meddling.

McMaster and White House economic adviser Gary Cohn would not say whether the president intends to address accusations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying that the agenda is "not finalized" for this or any other meeting.

Himes voiced his own criticism of Obama in response to a question from CNN host Wolf Blitzer, who asked Himes not about Trump's tweet, but about a CNN report that Trump's advisers were still struggling to convince him to take the Russian threat seriously.

"It's whatever the president wants to talk about", McMaster said.

The officials say the amount of substantial contact Moscow has with the US administration is minimal.

The Trump administration's vexed relationship with Russian Federation, including contacts between some of the president's senior advisers and Moscow, has faced intense scrutiny amid a cascade of media revelations and a series of official investigations, including by special counsel Robert Mueller. The meeting will also come as Congress considers legislation that would impose economic penalties against Russian Federation and Iran, legislation that has stalled after it cleared the Senate. He says no "specific agenda" has been set for the meeting. In particular, Mr Lavrov said that Putin and Trump are going to discuss the normalisation of relationships between their countries, not only a crisis in Syria and Ukraine.

It was during that call that the leaders agreed to seek a face-to-face meeting in Hamburg. First of all, Russophobic sentiments are harmful to the U.S. itself. The initiative is an effort to expand and modernize energy and infrastructure links in a region of Central Europe from the Baltic Sea in the north to the Adriatic and Black seas in the south.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster confirmed the meeting during a briefing with reporters about the President's upcoming trip, which will also include a stop in Poland.

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