"It's not us", Putin has told Trump, the official summarized.
The two leaders are due to meet on July 16 in Finland, and CNN previously reported Trump plans to meet Putin one-on-one before bringing in others to join their discussions.
Administration officials have also said that subjects discussed with Putin would include Syria, where the administration is looking for a political settlement that would allow the withdrawal of US troops there.More news: Willian coy on Chelsea future amid Barcelona links
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia described Trump's desire to make nice with Russian Federation as "very problematic".
In the event the US President also proposed to return to Russian Federation in the elite club to resume meetings in the format of "big eight", Which was indignantly rejected by the European leaders.
"The main concern is he will spend much of the time berating them on not spending enough on defense" before having "a love fest with Putin, like he did with Chairman Kim", Goldgeier said. If not, at least we can avoid misunderstandings. But if that is the end of the conversation, the Brussels summit will be a missed opportunity for the USA and the democratic world. "Yet you see out of the president, constant acclaim".More news: Brazil vs Belgium: Tite happy with ‘below-par’ Neymar
Trump has described North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as "obsolete" on the campaign trail and, since taking office, has pressured the alliance to rebalance the amount of money that member nations pay. He has often railed against the US's key allies, accusing fueling trade deficits with the US.
Much, of course, depends on the president's mood, which is rarely good during worldwide conferences where he bristles at what he considers the unfair economic and security alliances the United States constructed in the wake of WWII and the Cold War. "This is not fair, nor is it acceptable", Trump tweeted Monday morning, previewing his message in Brussels. "It's not, sort of, a policy statement or, as one person described it, a press release".
We do however, have a reasonable idea of the issues the two leaders and their aides will have mapped out before the meeting: the areas where they each want something from their counterpart, and the places they are willing to give ground.More news: Trump makes Brexit deal 'priority' ahead of United Kingdom trip
NATO, which was founded soon after World War II to counter the influence of the Soviet Union, officially suspended all cooperation with Russian Federation after Putin seized Crimea in 2014.
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