In Moscow, US senator hopes for "new day" in US-Russia ties

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U.S. President Donald Trump will discuss Russia's "malign activity" during a summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders and follow up in a meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin to determine whether Moscow wants to reduce tensions, U.S. official said on Thursday.

In an upcoming July 16 summit, President Donald Trump reportedly plans to sit with Russia's Vladimir Putin for a one-on-one meeting before allowing other aides to join them.

The head of a US congressional delegation visiting Russian Federation said Tuesday he hopes for "a new day" in repairing relations between Russian Federation and the U.S. "We could be competitors - we are competitors - but we don't necessarily need to be adversaries".

Lavrov said his meeting with Pompeo would have to take place after the summit in Helsinki and not before because of his USA counterpart's tight schedule.

"I think the resumption of dialogue is going to be a very timely event on the eve of the forthcoming meeting between the two presidents", he added. We all talk about it a little differently and the president has talked about it in his own way, ' said the official.

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On the issue of arms control, the official said the United States intends to raise Russian violations of the INF arms treaty during the meeting and discuss the fate of arms control agreements between the two countries. "We'll be talking about world events".

Huntsman said the USA needs to hold Russian Federation responsible for "hybrid warfare", which is widely understood to blend conventional and unconventional, regular and irregular, and information and cyber tactics.

He said the Kremlin was "very satisfied" that the senators were visiting Russian Federation. Kislyak is now a member of Russia's upper house of parliament.

President Trump himself has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the issue.

Trump has expressed scorn for the alliance and is expected to upbraid European NATO members for not spending enough on their own defense.

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