Moscow and Washington strike deal to hold Putin-Trump summit: Kremlin aide

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The meeting was set up in order to pursue Trump's long-held desire to hold a summit with Putin in order to form a personal relationship with the Russian leader and help fix frayed ties between their two nations.

Back in Washington, Trump said he had not yet heard a full report from Bolton about plans for a Putin summit, "but it would look like we will probably be meeting sometime in the not too distant future".

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"The president will host Bolton at the Kremlin", Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin attend the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that President Donald Trump views Moscow's return to the global fold as inevitable and that "trade-offs" could allow it to re-enter the Group of Seven club of industrialized democracies without it giving Crimea back to Ukraine.

There has been high anticipation for a possible meeting between Trump and Putin, as the two nations seek to mend relations that have soured since the former took over from Barack Obama.

"We can not boast about a wealth of bilateral contacts in our bilateral relationship", Peskov said, describing the goal of Wednesday's meetings with Bolton.

Putin greeted Bolton in the Kremlin on Wednesday, noting that U.S.

A Bloomberg News reporter later asked Bolton whether he was "suspicious" that Putin arrived on time to the meeting and treated Trump's emissary "with more respect" than he gives other world leaders. He added that Russian Federation never wanted a confrontation with the United States and offered to discuss what could be done to "restore full-fledged relations based on equality and mutual respect". Regardless of what Trump says, United States has not only reduced or eliminated sanctions against Russian Federation, but has increased m. "I think that was good for both countries, good for stability in the world". "There are a lot of issues to talk about that have accumulated, and I think this was one of the reasons why President Trump believed so strongly that it was time to have this kind of meeting".

Vienna, Austria is seen as a possible location for that meeting.

The Austrian capital Vienna had also been previously mentioned as a venue, though the United States official suggested that option had now been largely ruled out.

Bolton said the USA position is that sanctions on Russia should remain in place, and that it will not recognize the Russian annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine. "It would garner intense scrutiny because of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign".

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