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The US ambassador to Russian Federation on Thursday described President Donald Trump's one-on-one meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Helsinki later this month as an accomplishment "in itself".

In a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, said: "There are quite a lot of issues between Moscow and Washington where our points of view are dramatically divided".

The U.S. and Russia have been at odds over a number of issues including Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Russian actions in Syria and its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

"The ball really is in Russia's court and the president will continue to hold Russian Federation accountable for its malign activity", Huntsman said.

"The president believes a better relationship with Russia would be good for both America and Russia, but the ball really is in Russia's court, and the president will continue to hold Russia accountable for its malign activities", Huntsman said.




Those findings were endorsed earlier this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Kay Bailey Hutchison, the US Representative to NATO said the major theme of the NATO summit would be the trans-Atlantic alliance's "strength and unity". He was revealed to have had contacts with Trump campaign officials that went undisclosed to investigators during the post-election Mueller probe.

Other topics such as Macedonia's hopes of joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the sovereignty of Georgia and Ukraine, and stabilising Afghanistan and Iraq to minimise the terrorist threat will also feature.

Russian Federation was expelled from the Group of Seven in 2014 and has since then endured sanctions of the West after its incorporation of Crimea. The U.S., alongside the European Union, placed tough economic sanctions on Russian Federation in response.

Other topics "are a question of time the head of states will decide to allocate for this meeting", he added.


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