Published: Fri, July 06, 2018

Trump insists he will be 'prepared' for Putin meeting

Trump insists he will be 'prepared' for Putin meeting

President Donald Trump and his USA delegation intend to raise the issues of arms control, Ukraine, Syria and election meddling during their meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior administration told reporters Thursday.

The meeting of the presidents of the US and Russian Federation will take place on 16 July in Helsinki.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017.

From arms control to election meddling, President Donald Trump is expected to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin about a medley of the Kremlin's recent activities at their meeting next week.

President Donald Trump - who is heading to Brussels for the July 11-12 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit - has written to a number of America's partners in the transatlantic alliance, including Germany, to remind them of their commitment to raise defense spending to at least two percent of GDP by 2024.

While the senior administration official said the summit must focus on carrying out a "sober assessment of the root causes" of problems in the US-Russia, the official also called the summit "a deliverable in itself".

On Thursday, a senior United States administration official revealed agenda for the upcoming summit.

Mr. Trump's political opponents in the USA will be looking for any sign that the president goes easy on Mr. Putin, which they would say bolster allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Moscow to hack the 2016 presidential election.

He said conversations "on election meddling, on Ukraine, on Syria" have happened "through diplomatic channels, but there hasn't been a full airing of the issues in our bilateral relationship that really matter most to global stability. Totally prepared. I've been preparing for this stuff my whole life", Trump said.

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