Trump and Putin May Meet At A Summit To Discuss Thorny Issues

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has been in Washington for an effort to arrange a formal meeting between the leaders of U.S. and Russia, The Wall Street Journal reported.


President Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam.

The purpose of such a summit would be resolution of differences between the two nations, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.

The White House did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment on Saturday.

Early discussions for a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are said to be underway, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has been in Washington for a months-long effort to arrange a formal meeting between the two leaders, the publication said, citing a senior administration official.

The purpose of a summit would be to resolve thorny issues between the two nations, the report said.

Syria, Ukraine and nuclear-arms control are among expected discussion topics, the publication added. 

In 2017, Trump and Putin met twice on the sidelines of international meetings.

Although Trump has been criticized frequently for not aggressively confronting Putin, Moscow and Washington have differed sharply on a range of issues — most recently the U.S.-led strike on Syria for its suspected chemical attack on civilians.

The White House did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment on Saturday.

The discussions are taking place against the backdrop of a probe by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director.

His office is investigating possible ties between Trump's presidential election campaign and Russian officials, which Trump has roundly dismissed as baseless.

Source: CNBC

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