President Donald Trump and Russian Vladimir Putin are already planning to fix their meeting towards the time Trump would visit the UK and the NATO summit in mid-July, two sources familiar with the discussion said.
It was reported that the Trump administration wants the meeting in Washington, but Moscow has insisted on using a neutral ground. According to one of the diplomatic officials, Vienna may be the likely location.
However, no official announcements have been made.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that national security adviser John Bolton plans to visit Moscow. The news was later confirmed by the National Security Council saying Bolton is scheduled to travel to Moscow later this month to discuss the potential meeting.
“As far as we know, such a trip will take place,” Peskov said. “So far that’s all we can say.”
A spokesman for the National Security Council declined to comment on the President’s plans for the potential meeting.
The news of the meeting between the two world leaders was first reported last week, and that Bolton is taking the lead when it comes to dealing with Moscow.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the development while speaking in London. He called the potential meeting between the two world leaders “important” and adding that a meeting “is not in any contradicting NATO policies.”