A Possible summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump next month is sparking concerns about the hindering of NATO.
Bloomberg reported that a meeting between the leaders is being considered either before the alliance’s summit in Brussels on July 11 or after Trump’s visit to the U.K. on July 13.
A U.S. official told CNN that Moscow is pushing for a summit meeting. Another source with the U.S. National Security Council said a meeting “is being worked on,” with Vienna being considered as a venue.
It comes as the alliance is looking to discuss how to counter what it calls Russian aggression.A location has not been disclosed, but several foreign media organizations reported earlier that the leaders could meet in one of the European capitals following the NATO summit. Some media reports have reported that Vienna is a possible venue.
Trump has expressed interest in restoring Putin’s standing on the global stage. Trump proposed earlier this month at the G-7 summit in Quebec that Russia be readmitted to the Group of Eight countries. Russia’s membership was suspended after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Bolton’s target, most likely, will be to agree on a flowery statement with the sole practical agreement to launch substantive talks and unfreeze channels of communications,” he said.
But even that will be interpreted as a big win for Putin.”