Global oil markets unlikely to be main issue for Putin-Trump summit

US congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

US congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

"Indeed, we do not rule out that presidents Putin and Trump will meet face to face first, if the relevant preliminary agreement is confirmed", Peskov noted.

The delegation of USA 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.

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One, Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to a rally in Great Falls, Mont.

The American leader will begin official preparations for the meeting with the President of the Russian Federation in the coming days. "First, we need to resolve those disputes and irritants that we have in our bilateral relations".

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

The American-Russian summit 16 July is expected to touch on these United States efforts and how Russia could help in persuading the Palestinian Authority to reengage the diplomatic efforts of the United States government.

"I think it's always a good idea to sit down and talk, especially with our adversaries", said Napper, who is also a former ambassador to both Latvia and Kazakhstan. President Trump could not have imagined better news before Americans hit the road this summer, and before midterm elections in the US.

The head-to-head between the USA and Russian leaders will follow a delicate North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

Lavrov and Pompeo also discussed "a number of current issues of the world agenda, including the situation around Syria and on the Korean Peninsula", the ministry said.

Relations between Russia and the USA have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War times over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

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