Thursday, June 29, 2017

White House could offer to roll back sanctions in first Trump-Putin meeting

G20 meeting of two presidents could see Russia regain access to diplomatic compounds blocked after interference in 2016 US election, say former officials A t-shirt featuring Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on sale at a souvenir shop in St Petersburg. A t-shirt featuring Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on sale at a souvenir shop in St Petersburg. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images View more sharing options Shares 576 Julian Borger in Washington Thursday 29 June 2017 02.00 EDT Last modified on Thursday 29 June 2017 10.36 EDT Donald Trump has told White House aides to come up with possible concessions to offer as bargaining chips in his planned meeting next week with Vladimir Putin, according to two former officials familiar with the preparations. Ex-Trump adviser says FBI interviewed him about Russia investigation Read more National security council staff have been tasked with proposing “deliverables” for the first Trump-Putin encounter, including the return of two diplomatic compounds Russians were ordered to vacate by the Obama administration in response to Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election, the former officials said. It is not clear what Putin would be asked to give in return. There is strong resistance in the NSC and state department to one-sided concessions aimed simply at improving the tone of US-Russian relations. There is also opposition within the administration to Trump’s preference for a formal bilateral meeting with Putin at the G20 summit in Germany, as first reported by the Associated Press.

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