Trump will focus on Russia's 'malign' activity at summits: U.S

Twitter accuses Republican senators of defiling America after spending July 4 in Moscow

Sergei Karpukhin Stephen Yang Reuters

As previously reported "FACTS" before the USA presidential Advisor for national security John Bolton said that the upcoming meeting trump and Putin could improve relations between the two countries, and one of the topics at the meeting may be a possible return of Russian Federation to the Big eight.

A Senate Intelligence Committee report released on Tuesday supported the conclusion of three US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation tried to help Donald Trump win the 2016 USA presidential election.

Some worry an unpredictable Trump, at the U.S. -Russia summit, could agree to take the first steps to embolden Russia, such as halting military exercises or agreeing that Crimea, a region of Ukraine annexed by Russia in 2014, belongs to Russia. He wrote the leaders of Denmark, Norway, Canada and Germany last month to ratchet up the pressure, saying "the United States is increasingly unwilling to ignore the European failure to meet shared security commitments".

President Donald Trump is prepared to discuss Russian election meddling and other "malign" activities when he meets one-on-one with President Vladimir Putin later this month, the USA ambassador to Russia said.

Trump has expressed scorn for the alliance and is expected to upbraid European NATO members for not spending enough on their own defense.

Also in the teleconference, Kay Bailey Hutchison, the US envoy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said Russian Federation would be a key topic at the NATO summit in Belgium next week.

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The Pentagon has undertaken a cost analysis of the 35,000 US troops based in Germany as part of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and other missions, following expressions of concern by President Donald Trump about the size and expense of their presence there. "We're entering with our eyes wide open, but peace is always worth the effort".

Administration officials have also said that subjects discussed with Putin would include Syria, where the administration is looking for a political settlement that would allow the withdrawal of US troops there. And that the very holding of this meeting is in itself a great achievement.

Other than with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump has no other bilateral meetings now scheduled.

"You can't solve problems if you are not talking about them", he said. He is due to arrive in Helsinki the evening of July 15 for meetings the next morning with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.

European leaders are reportedly nervous that President Donald Trump will make good on his campaign promise to withdraw USA troops from the continent if host countries fail to pay their fair share for defense.

The summit also will include a bilateral meeting and a working lunch between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin.

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