Trump will focus on Russia's 'malign' activity at summits: U.S

US congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

Senate Republicans Meet Lavrov in Moscow Ahead of Trump-Putin Summit

President Donald Trump and his U.S. 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.

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on 7 July 2017.

The meeting, to be held in Helsinki on July 16, is the first major summit between the two leaders and comes as relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to levels not seen since the Cold War.

"We are competitors, but we don't necessarily need to be adversaries", said Shelby, a Republican senator from Alabama, in televised comments. "We recognise that the world is better off, I believe, if Russia and the United States have fewer tensions, get along a little better", Senator Richard Shelby said during the meeting with Lavrov at the Russian foreign ministry. He's expected to travel to Helsinki on July 15th and hold a one-on-one meeting with Putin, followed by a larger meeting with aides and a working lunch the next day.

"We're entering with our eyes wide open, but peace is always worth the effort", Huntsman said.

"I hope your visit will be a symbol of restoring relations between the two parliaments", Lavrov told them during a meeting, Interfax said. The U.S., alongside the European Union, placed tough economic sanctions on Russian Federation in response.

"Everyone in our alliance has the same goal, and that is a strong deterrent; an alliance that is unified that can face any threats that any one of our 29 members might face", she said, listing "Russia and the malign activities of Russian Federation, the efforts of Russian Federation to divide our Democratic nations" and INF treaty violations as among those threats.

However, he took issue with President Trump's statement that he planned to discuss Crimea with President Putin there. He will meet with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders the week before in Brussels.

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