The US State Department has advised US President Donald Trump to confront his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about Russia’s supposed interference in the US election if the summit between the two leaders comes to fruition, the head of Washington’s diplomacy, Wess Mitchell, said.
“The issue of Russian interference is at the forefront of all inter-ministerial discussions on Russia. This is a central issue, in which we are very focused, so I’m sure our answer is yes,” said the government official at the US Senate, in responding if a recommendation on the subject will be presented to the head of state.
Earlier, the Financial Times quoted a senior anonymous source at the Kremlin as saying that US President Donald Trump should meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin following the visit of the American leader to Britain to be held on July 13.
According to the publication, “the parties have reached a preliminary agreement that, for logistical reasons, the seat of the meeting” will not be Austria.
Russian Presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, declined to comment on the report.
Peskov also said on Saturday that he would confirm the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump as soon as everything was ready.
Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Trump and Putin could meet shortly after the trip by US national security adviser John Bolton.
“We’ll let you know as soon as we’re ready,” Peskov said, answering a question about whether Putin and Trump could meet soon.
Trump hinted at a possible meeting with Putin in an interview with Fox News last Friday and later suggested that the meeting could happen over the summer. Trump said he was “looking at the possibility” of meeting the Russian president in July.
On Thursday, The Times reported that the Russian-American summit could take place during Trump’s trip to Europe, during which she plans to attend the NATO Summit in Brussels on July 11-12.