Both the Kremlin and the White House announced on Thursday, June 29, that the pair will meet on the sidelines of the July 7-8 summit of G20 nations in Hamburg.
In the Trump's book "The Art of the Deal", he proclaimed one of his mottos to be, "You do your thing, you hold your ground, you stand up tall, and whatever happens, happens".
The meeting between the two world leaders is sure to raise eyebrows as it comes in the middle of multiple investigations into the alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election. Such concessions could include returning two diplomatic compounds in the U.S. to Russian Federation or lessening sanctions. If the two men meet, it will be their first face-to-face encounter.
One goal of the president's trip, McMaster said, will be "to develop a common approach to Russian Federation". But the official said members of Trump's national security team remain concerned about the optics of a formal sitdown at this stage.
Trump raised Russian hackles this week when the White House said it appeared the Syrian military was preparing to conduct a chemical weapons attack and warned that Assad and his forces would "pay a heavy price" if it did so.
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"Our relationship is at an all-time low, and it's been deteriorating further".
In November 2013, Trump said to reporters that he did have a "relationship" with Putin, whom he claimed sent him "a present" when he attended the Miss Universe pageant in 2013.
"We assume that contact will take place since the two presidents will be at the same time in the same city, the same building, the same hall", he said, according to RT.
Lavrov said any such meeting would see the presidents address "several questions" but did not elaborate, save to add that "above all, we must normalise dialogue" between Moscow and Washington.