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Putin happy to hold one-on-one meeting with Trump at summit, says Kremlin

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov back to a camera listens to U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby R-Ala. right during his meeting with U.S. congressional delegation as U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. attends the talks in Moscow Russia Tuesday

Trump is expected to begin formal preparations for the Putin meeting in the coming days, according to aides.

Russian Federation is still three victories away from hoisting up the FIFA World Cup 2018 trophy, but President Vladimir Putin may already be the tournament's champion.

The Kremlin spokesman added that "a face-to-face meeting between Putin and Trump will take place at the beginning" of the summit, if a preliminary agreement were to be reached with the United States side.

Trump singled out North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Germany for special criticism during a campaign rally Thursday in Montana.

MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace tore into President Donald Trump for dismissing the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election to help him win.

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".

Michael McFaul, the former USA ambassador to Russian Federation, said he fears the two leaders meeting alone, and MSNBC analyst Natasha Bertrand said Trump had already made concessions to Putin ahead of their private chat.

Trump and Putin met first during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany last July and again at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Danang, Vietnam in November.

The White House disputes the idea that there is anything sinister about the relationship between Trump and Russian Federation, maintaining the line that no president has been tougher on Moscow than Trump.

They fear that the liberal global order will crumble under the "America First" strategy of Trump. "We could be competitors - we are competitors - but we don't necessarily need to be adversaries". From the beginning, Moscow has been shut out. Another summit is due on July 16th in Helsinki still aimed at world peace.

Given the fact that Moscow has developed balanced relations with the two, it could be a positive partner in these endeavours.

It was no coincidence, that the official announcement of the Helsinki summit came in the midst of a major military offensive of the Syrian Army in the south to regain control of Daraa.

Then there is the widespread speculation about whether Russian intelligence agencies have any compromising information about Trump or his business dealings that may help to explain his refusal to criticize Putin and willingness to mirror the Russian leader's foreign policy positions. These understandings cover cooperation in the fight against terrorism and all extremist groups in Syria, including the so-called Islamic State organisation and Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda affiliate. "We will have to wait and see". The White House points out that Trump also endorsed the sale of lethal weapons to the government of Ukraine, a step the Obama administration did not take. And if a connection between Trump and Putin stems the slide in relations between the world's premier nuclear powers, it would benefit USA national security and the whole world.

They would increase their oil production to avoid further price increases.

The leaders are also likely to discuss New START, under which both nations cut their deployed strategic nuclear warheads to no more than 1,550, the lowest level in decades.