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Kremlin says Putin wants one-on-one talks with Trump

Andrei Makhonin  TASS

She said that the "malign activities of Russia" were among major threats that world leaders from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries would be discussing during the gathering.

Putin spokesman Dmitri Peskov told reporters Monday that the status of Crimea "can not and will never be on the agenda because it is an inseparable part of Russian Federation", according to Agence France-Presse.

However, he took issue with President Trump's statement that he planned to discuss Crimea with President Putin there.

A US congressional delegation was in Moscow on Tuesday meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian parliamentarians.

Recall that information about the trump meeting with Putin simultaneously announced the website of the Kremlin and the White house on June 27.

But Ms Hutchinson said that the summit would show Nato's "unity and strength", underlying that all 29 members would be protected by the body.

According to Russian envoy to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov, the upcoming summit will help boost bilateral relations between the two superpowers. "We'll be talking about world events".

Asked about whether the visiting USA lawmakers would meet Putin, Peskov said: "For now, it is not on the president's schedule, but we know that the American officials have planned quite wide-reaching contacts with their colleagues".

Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the conclusion of the USA intelligence community that Russian Federation meddled in the election and has dismissed the investigation into potential collusion with members of his campaign as a "witch hunt" meant to delegitimise his presidency.

Other topics "are a question of time the head of states will decide to allocate for this meeting", he added.

The two presidents will meet in Helsinki on Monday, July 16 for another major summit of this administration.

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