Trump, Putin set for Helsinki Showdown July 16

Will Trump speak truth to Putin? We have our doubts

The meeting between the two heads of state is aimed at bridging the political divide between the two countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump will have a detailed discussion about Syria when they meet in July, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

"The Russian president has repeatedly stated and explained to his interlocutors that such an issue as Crimea can not and will never be on the agenda because Crimea is an integral part of Russia", Peskov said, Russian state news agency Tass reported. And so how much is the froth of Trump's Twitter feed, and how much is big macro forces happening in the world, I think is debatable.

"Alastair and I both worked in Downing Street, and you had a pretty good idea that the United States president had your back".

"Maybe something positive will come out of it".

"He said he didn't meddle".

We're going to be talking to them about Syria, we're going to be talking to them about Ukraine.

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Either could reach the Supreme Court in the next 18 to 24 months. White House aides said other names are in the mix as well. He added, "I think it's inappropriate to discuss".

"I think the president will have to pursue that further and I think that's one reason why he and President Putin need to have this conversation", he said, adding that "Vladimir Putin is the one who makes the decisions and I think our leader needs to speak with him".

"I don't like that because it's bad for the country", Trump told Bartiromo.

Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation by the United States in response, and its military intervention in the war in Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad are major causes of strain in the two countries' relations. "Dialogue is a sign of strength". "We don't want anybody tampering with elections". "It was stated clearly by our side that the Russian state hasn't interfered with the US domestic politics, moreover hasn't interfered in the 2016 election", a Kremlin representative said.

Trump while campaigning for the presidency in 2016 also refused to rule out recognizing Russia's land grab in Ukraine as he vowed repeatedly to improve US ties with Moscow.

Peskov also said Friday that there was "no specific idea" to invite Trump to the World Cup final match on July 15 in Russian Federation, which is hosting the major worldwide soccer tournament. "Let them discuss these issues and see exactly where there might be room for progress or where we find there is no room at all".

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said it was best not to get too excited about what the summit might yield.

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