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Russia hails 'partner' Trump ahead of summit: Kremlin

AFP  |  Moscow 

The Kremlin hailed US as a "partner" today ahead of his first summit with Russian

"We consider Trump a negotiating partner," told reporters in a briefing on Monday's summit in

The summit aims to mend ties at a time of high tension between and the West.

"The state of bilateral relations is very bad," said Ushakov. "We have to start to set them right." Rival roles in the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts and other disputes have driven relations between and to their lowest point since the Cold War.

The US has passed a series of sanctions against since 2014 over its annexation of Crimea from and alleged meddling in the US elections, which it denies.

"The aim of this meeting is to begin setting right the negative state of bilateral relations, to agree on concrete measures to improve them and to establish a more or less acceptable level of trust," Ushakov said.

"We would like these negotiations to contribute to the creation of an atmosphere that will allow us to talk about continuing contact, including possible visits to and " He said the presidents would meet one on one with just their interpreters. They will then hold a working lunch with their full delegations.

"We are ready to address practically all questions relating to bilateral relations and the international agenda," Ushakov said.

"One of the main subjects of discussion will be the situation in Syria, notably in the context of the Iranian military presence in that country." He said the summit was scheduled to start at 1000 GMT and there was no time limit as far as the Russian side was concerned.

Russia's and US will also hold their first meeting in during the summit.

They are expected to discuss the expulsion of US diplomats from 2016 over issues including the allegations of election meddling.

The Kremlin said no joint summit statement was planned but the presidents would give a conference after their meeting.

Russian daily had earlier reported that had requested guarantees over election meddling.

Moscow has repeatedly said it has never interfered in US elections. The is due to hold mid-term elections in November.

Relations with the West have also been soured by the of a former Russian in Britain in March.

Moscow has denied London's claims that was behind the Since coming to power last year, Trump has sought to improve relations with Putin.

The last, brief meeting between Putin and Trump took place in November 2017 in during an APEC summit.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 23:15 IST
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