Kremlin says no progress in preparing Putin-Trump meeting yet

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U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, the White House said Thursday.

Trump's National Security Advisor HR McMaster, however, was non-committal as to whether Trump would bring up the matter of Russia's alleged involvement in last year's USA election.

There has been speculation that the two would meet at the event, but it wasn't solidified until McMaster's confirmation Thursday.

Allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the US presidential election past year and colluded with Trump's campaign have overshadowed the businessman's unexpected victory and have dogged his first five months in office.

During last year's USA presidential campaign, Trump often intimated he wanted improved ties with Russian Federation.

The two nations are also at odds over the civil war in Syria where Moscow supports President Bashar al-Assad.

"We have no specific agenda", Mr McMaster said during a briefing on the trip, which includes a stop in Warsaw.

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Trump has frequently called for better ties with Russian Federation but lawmakers in his own Republican Party are urging him to be wary of Moscow. Not to mention Russia's alleged involvement and collusion in the 2016 presidential election. "It's whatever the president wants to talk about". Trump has staunchly denied that he had any contacts with Russian Federation during his White House bid.

Gary Cohn, Trump's chief economic adviser, said the White House expected the meeting to be a formal bilateral one rather than an informal "pull-aside" conversation.

"They will meet" on the sidelines of the G20, Mr Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, but added that "no preparations" are being made for any separate meeting at the moment.

One possible "deliverable" under consideration is returning the two compounds - one in Maryland and one in NY - formerly used by the Russian government.

Putin, who has served as both Russian president and prime minister, has outlasted the previous two US presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

A proposed new package of sanctions on Russian Federation in the U.S. Congress might complicate Trump's desire for warmer relations with Moscow.

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