Explaining to Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that the summit would be "somewhat unstructured" so as to skip "the pressure of immediate deadlines or crises", Bolton said that he didn't think that Trump has conceded his leverage over the election meddling issue by accepting Russia's innocence on Twitter.
"The main rationale to have a bilateral meeting between Trump and Putin: let them discuss these issues and see exactly where there might be room for progress, or where they might find there's no room at all", Bolton said. The president has repeatedly minimized the conclusion of the US intelligence community that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election to help him win.
He also pressed Bolton on reporting that Trump had said at the G7 that "Crimea is Russian because everyone who lives there speaks Russian".
"I think the president will want to have a conversation about this and say we don't want to see meddling in the 2018 election", Bolton said.
"No, that's not the position of the United States" Bolton said.
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Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov had told reporters that the venue of the summit was convenient for both sides.
Peskov said Moscow is ready to follow the path of normalising Russia-U.S. relations to the extent Washington is ready to do. "We'll be talking about world events", Mr Trump said yesterday.
The Helsinki summit will mark the first formal one-on-one meeting between the two leaders since Trump took office, though the two met during an aside at last year's G-20 summit and have spoken at an APEC summit.
"They could agree on a joint statement outlining further steps from both sides to improve bilateral relations and joint action in the worldwide arena to ensure global stability and security", he said. "But I think having a relationship with China, Russia.it's a good thing".
The Obama administration, along with the European Union and individual allied countries, imposed sanctions on Russian Federation over Crimea, and even members of Trump's Cabinet have said they will not be lifted until the situation is resolved.
Senator Lindsey Graham said everything he blasted Obama for doing wrong in the Middle East Trump may do be doing even worse.
BRENNAN: Right. But saying we'll see suggests might be.