President Donald Trump will arrive in Hamburg one week from Thursday to face Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the first time since taking office.
Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stopped short of confirming that the meeting will take place, saying only that the two presidents will take part in the G20 summit on July 7-8 and will be able to meet there.
A report then revealed that the Obama administration knew about Russian interference sooner than it said.
According to officials close to Trump, it is thought that the reopening of these facilities, in Maryland and NY, could be used as bargaining chips with Putin, though what the United States would get in return is unknown. “We’re getting them out”, Trump said.
Burns recommended that the United States work more closely with Europe to identify Russia’s cyber disinformation fake news spread through social media, for example and share information in real time. “By the way, not together-together, meaning he was probably shot in Moscow”. The two presidents have talked over the phone three times.
Ambassador Nicholas Burns, who held various diplomatic posts in the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, told Congress on Wednesday that President Obama, in hindsight, “should have acted more resolutely, quickly” to tell the American people about Russian attempts to interfere with the US election.
National Security adviser General McMaster further said that the American President also wants to identify the potential areas of collaboration with the Russian government. Those compounds, located in Maryland and outside New York City, were seized by the USA as part of a larger sanctions package authorized by then-President Barack Obama to punish Russian Federation for the election meddling.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Wednesday that Moscow would respond proportionately if the United States took measures against Syrian government forces.
“We must advance more quickly than our adversary and only together can we do so”, Burr said.
Answering a question from a TASS correspondent about the format of the upcoming Putin-Trump talks, the White House official replied that the schedule was still being formalized.
Cohn told reporters that the meetings will include pull asides as well as bilateral meetings, but didn’t specify details relating to each leader.
“In my view, it would be a great mistake for President Trump to veto such a bill”, he said.
One possible “deliverable” under consideration is returning the two compounds – one in Maryland and one in NY – formerly used by the Russian government. We’re going to do more whether they tell us or not. You’re doing your duty that the people elected you to do.
The director of NATO’s Strategic Communication Center of Excellence, Janis Sarts, recommended that European nations and the USA must first create “societal awareness” of cyber attacks and collaborate with media organizations to help them understand “how they might be manipulated”.