Trump plans to hold talks with Putin "tete-a-tete"

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The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart may meet in private during their summit in Helsinki later this month.

"I think that they will not avoid this issue as it is one of the most crucial problems today", Sputnik cited Syromolotov as saying.

"You know that President Putin feels comfortable in any formats that are comfortable for his counterparts", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

During the telephone conversation on the initiative of the US side, the foreign ministers discussed the preparations of the upcoming contact between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump, as well as prospects for further building bilateral relations, including in the area of strategic stability, according to a ministry statement.

US-Russian relations have plummeted in recent years amid Russia's involvement in the Ukraine crisis and allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.

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Lavrov began Tuesday's meeting by congratulating the US lawmakers about the upcoming US Independence Day holiday.

Trump and Putin will meet in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, after Trump travels to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Belgium, and to the United Kingdom.

Two weeks ago, USA negotiators Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, entrusted with the resumption of peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, were in the Middle East on a tour to promote U.S. efforts in this respect.

Texas A&M Bush School senior lecturer and researcher on issues related to Russia Larry Napper says he supports this summit. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

On the issue of arms control, the official said the United States intends to raise Russian violations of the INF arms treaty during the meeting and discuss the fate of arms control agreements between the two countries.