Putin, Trump set to meet in ‘third country’

28 June 2018

Putin, Trump set to meet in ‘third country’

Moscow and Washington have agreed to hold a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Wednesday (local time).

The announcement follows talks held in the Kremlin between President Putin and US National Security Advisor, John Bolton.

Mr Ushakov said the summit would be hosted by a mutually convenient third country and that the plans would be finalised over the coming weeks.

“This meeting has been planned for a long time,” he said. “It has enormous importance for Russia and America, but it (also) has huge importance for the whole international situation. I think it will be the main international event of the summer.”

Mr Ushakov said the time and place would be announced on Thursday (local time) and that further details are still being worked out.

It is expected the meeting will take place after President Trump attends a NATO summit in Brussels and a state visit to Britain next month.

According to the Moscow Times, a senior US official said on Tuesday (local time) that Finland’s capital Helsinki was being considered as the host.