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Kremlin expects Putin-Trump meeting to establish working dialogue

July 05, 12:20 UTC+3

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are to meet in Hamburg on July 7

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MOSCOW, July 5. /TASS/. The Kremlin hopes that the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Hamburg on July 7 to be held in a working atmosphere and that the two leaders will establish a working dialogue.

"This is the first meeting, the first acquaintance of the two presidents, and that’s the importance of the meeting," Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when asked on the expectations about the upcoming talks.

"We expect a working dialogue to be established that is probably vital for the entire world in terms of increasing the effectiveness of solving the critical amount of conflicts and problems that are growing every day," Peskov said.

Fight against terrorism 

Vladimir Putin is likely to discuss bilateral cooperation on the fight against terrorism in Syria during his talks with President Donald Trump, Peskov has added. 

"As for Syria, I believe that they (the presidents) will discuss the conflict settlement, the Astana process and perhaps in case of the United States’ readiness - issues of possible cooperation between Russia and the United States in the interests of bilateral fight against terrorism," Peskov told journalists.

The Russian presidential spokesman added that the leaders were also most likely to discuss "perspectives for the inter-Syrian settlement."

Minsk agreements

According to Peskov, Putin will reiterate Moscow’s stance at the meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump in Hamburg that there is the need to fulfill the Minsk agreements to solve the Ukrainian crisis and take steps to stop provocations carried out by Ukraine’s forces.

"This will be a good opportunity to reiterate Russia’s position that there is no alternative to the Minsk agreements, and that it is necessary to implement the Minsk deal and take steps to halt provocations that have been carried out by Ukraine’s armed forces, unfortunately," Peskov said.

Peskov noted that "it’s unlikely that there will be a possibility to outline the position of President Putin in full."

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