Russia: US Lawmakers Visit Ahead of Trump, Putin Summit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, listens to U.S. Sen.

A USA congressional delegation is meeting with senior Russian officials in St. Petersburg amid preparations for a summit between the nations' presidents. "We look into the future with optimism and are ready for cooperation on all fronts", he said.

Shelby told Lavrov the meeting was arranged "realizing that we have a strained relationship when we could have a better relationship between the USA and Russian Federation". The U.S., alongside the European Union, placed tough economic sanctions on Russian Federation in response.

"I hope coming out of the Helsinki meeting between our two presidents will be the beginning of some type of better understanding".

American "political will" has shifted in a positive manner toward better U.S.

The delegation of United States lawmakers came to Russian Federation ahead of the meeting between presidents Putin and Trump, who are to hold their first serious face-to-face in less than two weeks.




Peskov was responding to a CNN report on Monday that said Trump plans to meet face-to-face with Putin at their July 16 meeting before allowing aides to join them.

Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine has led to economic sanctions being placed on Moscow, but the subject will not be discussed in the Finnish capital, Peskov said.

The Kremlin said Putin did not plan to meet USA politicians who are visiting Russian Federation this week. Trump pulled the US out of the deal earlier this year.

Moscow and Washington announced the summit date after Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton met with Putin in Moscow last week.

Later in the day the congressmen were to meet their counterparts in the Russian parliament.

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