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Odds of a Trump-Putin Meeting Just Got Better

National security adviser John Bolton is headed to Moscow to help prep
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2018 11:20 AM CDT
National security adviser John Bolton is going to Moscow.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – President Trump may have another high-profile summit to attend in the near future. National security adviser John Bolton will travel to Moscow next week to discuss a possible meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin, reports Politico. A National Security Council spokesperson tweeted that Bolton will first meet with US allies in London and Rome to talk about national security issues, then head to Russia "to discuss a potential meeting" between the two world leaders. Bolton's trip is June 25-27. A Kremlin spokesman confirmed Bolton's visit, but he wouldn't confirm Russian media reports that Putin and Trump would get together in Vienna in July, reports the New York Times.

"When and if we are ready, we will make the announcement," he said. Trump has publicly floated the idea of a meeting this summer, and Putin has said he willing to accommodate "as soon as the American side is ready." Trump will travel to Brussels for a NATO summit July 11-12, and the meeting with Putin could take place before that, perhaps in Vienna, reports Reuters. If the summit does take place, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg is fine with that, reports the Times of London. "To meet President Putin is not in any way contradicting NATO policy," he told reporters. (Read more John Bolton stories.)

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