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>> A time and a place has been agreed for the US-Russia summit. Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir will meet in Helsinki on July 16th. The decision to hold the summit was the result of a meeting between Putin and White House National Security Advisor John Bolton this week. And it's the latest attempt to defrost relations between Washington and Moscow.
Reuters' Christian Lowe is in the Russian capital.>> Relations are appalling. I mean, I think it's fair to say that they're the worst that they've been for years and years and years. So really, it's a considerable roll of the dice, we don't know what the outcome will be.
But they're gonna try, and who knows, if they sit down, they might be able to find some common ground.>> The two leaders both attended an Asia-Pacific Summit and the G20 meeting in Germany last year, but this will be their first joint summit since Trump was elected.>> There are things that they could reach agreement on, but there's also some fundamental problems.
Among them the fact that Russia annexed Crimea, Russian assistance for separatist rebels in Eastern Ukraine, the persistent allegations in Washington that Russia meddled in the US election. Those aren't gonna go away, so there's real barriers to any deal.>> Trump continues to cast doubt on intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
He tweeted on Thursday, quote, Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election! The summit is likely to irritate many allies of the US. They want to isolate Mr. Putin and are concerned about what they see as Mr. Trump's overly friendly attitude toward the Russian leader.