Pompeo speaks with Russian FM on Trump-Putin meeting

US congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

16 July in Helsinki, where they plan to meet US President Donald trump and the head of Russia Vladimir Putin, held several protests, reports Yle.

Messrs. Trump and Putin are set to meet July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, for their first formal bilateral meeting.

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. "We could be competitors - we are competitors - but we don't necessarily need to be adversaries".

Shelby expressed hope the summit "will be the beginning, maybe, of a new day". "We look into the future with optimism and are ready for cooperation on all fronts", he said.

Shelby told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Tuesday that he hoped for an improvement in relations between the United States and the Russian Federation.

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The congressmen also met their counterparts in both houses of the Russian parliament.

Huntsman said the US needs to hold Russian Federation responsible for "hybrid warfare", which is widely understood to blend conventional and unconventional, regular and irregular, and information and cyber tactics. The European Union extended economic sanctions against Russian Federation expiring at the turn of July by six months, press service of the EU Council said on Thursday. Relations between Russia and the USA have sunk to their lowest point in decades amid US sanctions over Russian meddling in the US election and Russia's action in Ukraine.

Trump's trip will begin Tuesday in Brussels, where he'll participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, before traveling to the United Kingdom for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Experts have warned that the meeting could have potentially massive consequences, as Putin has been described as a "very disciplined negotiator" who may be able to extract major concessions from Trump.

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