International: Trump, Putin agree to hold summit

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 12:30

Russia and the US have agreed to hold a summit between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump.

Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov said the summit would take place in a mutually-convenient third country and that several more weeks were needed for preparations.

He said Moscow and Washington would announce the time and place of the summit on Thursday.

The announcement came after Putin held talks with US National Security Adviser John Bolton in the Kremlin, who conceded that the meeting may not go down well with critics at home, or international allies abroad.

Russia has faced sanctions, diplomatic expulsions and difficult relations with a number of nations over a range of issues in recent years.

These include Russia's actions in Ukraine and Syria and the annexation of Crimea. The poisoning of a Russian former spy in Salisbury has also heightened tensions between Moscow and the UK.

Bolton said Trump would raise the “full range of issues” with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a forthcoming summit between the two leaders.

Such a meeting will not be greeted kindly by Trump's critics and some members of Congress who question Trump's commitment to his Nato allies and fret over his desire to rebuild relations with Moscow even as Washington tightens sanctions.