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Trump-Putin Summit: Date and Time Are Reportedly Set to Be Announced

The US president is anticipated to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO) summit organized next month in Brussels and has made plans to visit the UK as well. Soon after this, Trump is planning to meet the Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a summit in Europe. Though the two leaders have met twice during international conferences last year, a formal summit meeting is yet to happen.

President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The meeting is reportedly set to be held in mid-July. The exact date, time, and venue are said to be announced together by Washington and Moscow. The meeting is most likely to be held in a third country and Finland might be the prospective location. The complete details will be out by Thursday evening.

After Russia’s interference in the US’ 2016 elections, the relationship between the two countries was defied. With this meeting, the internal friction between the two countries might mitigate. Russia might aim to seek deliverance from economic sanctions charged on the Kremlin by the US and other European countries.

The meeting will be important because of the international prominence of the two countries. Expectations from this summit are kept low as this could just be a public relations event between the two countries.

The topics that would be discussed in this summit are unknown, but Russia’s support to the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has always angered Trump and his NATO partners. This could be a potential topic that could be talked about in the summit.

Trump projected his interest in improving the relationship with Russia by congratulating Putin for his election victory in March even after his advisers stopped him from doing so. Though the Kremlin officials want the two leaders to discuss matters related to Syria, Ukraine, North Korea, and Nuclear negotiations, they think that it would be very difficult to even crack a minimal deal in these matters.

Trump-Putin summit would be the first formal meeting of the two leaders. Polished statements are expected from both the sides; expectations are kept low and it is hoped that something positive will come out of the meeting.

Putin Names India Along with Russia and China as Major Players in SCO

Vladimir Putin, the President of India’s old-time friend, Russia has said that India, China, and Russia will be the major players in the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization). This comment from the Russian President is significant given that it’s the first time that India and Pakistan will be participating in the summit as full members.

Putin said, “The SCO member states account for one-fourth of the world’s GDP, 43% of the international population and 23% of the global territory,” Putin told China Media Group, which includes the CGTN English Channel. He stressed on the “rapid economic growth of China, India and Russia, all of which are major players in the organization.

The 18th summit of SCO is scheduled to take place on 9 and 10 June in Qingdao, the eastern Chinese coastal city. It came into existence in 2001 at a Shanghai summit to resolve the border issues between Russia, China, and erstwhile constituents of the Soviet Union. Over the period, it has evolved into a powerful organization and from this year both India and Pakistan will be attending it with full-member status. It is believed that it was a long-time ally Russia that pushed for India’s membership, while China backed Pakistan’s entry into this bloc.

Though Russia is an all-weather friend of India, the Russian President was not skeptical of the ties of his country with the Western world

It is expected that Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister will meet Putin on the sidelines in this summit. Just a few days back, the two leaders had met in an informal meeting in Sochi. It will be the second interaction between the two in three weeks.