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

06 July 2018
Senate Republicans Meet Lavrov in Moscow Ahead of Trump-Putin Summit

Kay Bailey Hutchison, the US Representative to NATO said the major theme of the NATO summit would be the trans-Atlantic alliance's "strength and unity". Persistent U.S. accusations that Trump and his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential elections and differing views over global affairs, such as conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, have divided the two leaders, however.

Huntsman said Trump would address the election interference in his conversations with Putin, along with a range of other national security issues, including Russia's annexation of Crimea and its efforts in Syria.

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. Conversations about election meddling, Ukraine and Syria were talked about in ways they haven't been before, he said. Kislyak is now a member of Russia's upper house of parliament. "He's trying to cast doubt on the intelligence community's assessment about that".

For his part, Trump has left open the question of changing the USA position on Crimea.

'The best way to demonstrate this as we head into the 2018 election is to show the American people and our congress and our administration that the Russians have no intention of messing or playing with the American election, ' he told the Associated Press during the trip. John Thune, R-S.D., center, and Sen.

The White House said on Monday that the United States does not recognize Russia's alleged "attempt" on Crimea, and its sanctions on Russian Federation will remain in place. The US delegation is in Russian Federation until Thursday, ahead of the summit planned in Helsinki on July 16, at a time of high tension between Russian Federation and the West.

'You need to go in with eyes wide open, ' he said.

Britain is already spending more than 2 per cent.