A long-awaited first summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will take place in Helsinki on July 16, the Kremlin and the White House said yesterday.
The talks come as Russia's relations with the West languish at levels not seen since the Cold War and will be likely to provoke criticism for Trump at home, where investigators are probing possible collusion between his presidential campaign team and Moscow.
Russia's annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine as well as Moscow's backing of Bashar al-Assad's regime in the Syrian conflict will also loom large.
Next month's dialogue in Finland will see the two leaders discuss "the current state and prospects for development of Russian-US relations," said the Kremlin.
A statement from the White House said the men would also broach various national security issues. Trump earlier said he expected the discussions to be wide-ranging.
"I think we'll be talking about Syria. I think we'll be talking about Ukraine. I think we'll be talking about many other subjects. And we'll see what happens. You never know about meetings what happens, right?" the US president said.
"I think a lot of good things can come with meetings with people," he added.
The announcement came after Trump's hawkish national security advisor John Bolton met Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, where he was given a warm welcome before the two discussed details of the future summit.