The first meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the United States President Donald Trump is already agreed and preparations are underway, Russian Federation’s chairman Valentina Matveyenko said on Wednesday, .
“There is an agreement for the meeting between our presidents – that of the United States and that of Russia – and intense preparations are under way for this meeting,” Matveyenko told reporters.
They did not give details on where this first meeting will take place, but noted that “we are inclined towards a positive agenda, towards the reestablishment of full relations, both political and economic and others with the United States, and we hope they have the same approach, “he said.
The first meeting between officials of Russia and the new US administration will take place next Thursday in Bonn, between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart Rex Tillerson in the framework of the G20 ministerial meeting, According to a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajárova.
The meeting will come at a time of internal crisis in the Trump Government, following the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, after being told that he lied to senior White House officials about his contacts with Russia before arrival to power of the current US president.
Matveyenko also referred to the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, and assured that “it is a part of Russia” however does not want to have any discussion on the subject.
“Crimea is a subject of the Russian Federation, for us this issue can not be discussed, any other interpretation for us is unacceptable,” he stressed.
Earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zajárova insisted that Russia will never return the Crimea to Ukraine because it is its sovereign territory in response to statements by the White House that Trump expects the return of that peninsula.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said yesterday that Trump maintains a “tough” position on the Ukrainian conflict and “expects Russia’s cooperation to ease tension in Ukraine and the return of Crimea.”