US President Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July as part of the G20 summit in Hamburg.
Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister announced this after his meeting with Trump in Washington Wednesday. If confirmed, it would be the first meeting between the two men since Trump assumed power in January. The announcement came as Trump’s campaign was being investigated by US authorities for possible collusion with Russia.
Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Tuesday night, in what sources say was partly a direct response to the investigation. Putin and Trump had already discussed a July meeting during a phone call in the past week. The Kremlin website said Putin and Trump were “in favour of organizing a personal meeting in connection with a meeting of the G20 summit.”
Relations between US and Russian leaders had been noticeably deteriorating in recent years. Under former US President Barack Obama, a Kremlin spokesman said “nearly all levels of dialogue had been frozen. “