MOSCOW, July 13. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron will discuss at a meeting in Moscow on July 15, among other issues, the NATO summit held in Brussels on July 11-12 and the upcoming meeting between the Russian and US leaders in Helsinki on July 16, Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters.
"We expect the French president to brief us on the results of the NATO summit. Naturally, various aspects of our upcoming contact with [US President Donald] Trump in Helsinki will be discussed too," Ushakov said. He noted that Macron had met with Trump in Brussels and "would share his thoughts." "We too will speak about our preparations for the summit," the Kremlin aide stressed.
Ushakov expects the upcoming Russian-US summit issue will be raised at Putin’s meetings with others leaders on the sidelines of the 2018 World Cup within the next two days.
He recalled that Macron had taken part in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in May. "Now (there will be) a continuation of that conversation. The two presidents will exchange views on the current state of relations and their further development," the Kremlin aide stressed. According to Ushakov, Putin will meet with the leaders of the two countries that qualified for the World Cup final - Macron and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic - ahead of the match, which will be held at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.