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Trump to meet Putin alone at Helsinki summit

2018-07-03 15:33:59       source:The Times

July 3, 2018

President Trump will meet Vladimir Putin alone at their summit in Helsinki, a revelation sure to set nerves jangling across Europe over what possible concessions the US leader may offer.

John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security adviser, said the Trump-Putin summit on July 16 would be “just the two of them”. Mr Trump would seek Russia’s help to oust Iran from the Syrian battlefield, he said.

The possibility of Mr Trump meeting the Russian president in private unsettled European allies even before it was confirmed. They are fretting over what promises Mr Putin may extract, from US recognition of Russia’s annexation of Crimea to the withdrawal of American troops from Germany. 

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