WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a summit on July 16 in Helsinki, the Kremlin and the White House said on Thursday, firming up the place and date for a meeting that had already been agreed on.
“The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues,” the White House said in a statement.
Trump had said on Wednesday the meeting would likely take place after a July 11-12 summit of NATO leaders and that the Finnish capital was a possible venue.
Moscow and Washington announced the time and place of the meeting simultaneously.
The two countries struck a deal on Wednesday to hold a summit soon.
Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov, speaking after Putin met U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton in the Kremlin, said the summit would take place in a mutually convenient third country and that several more weeks were needed to prepare for it.
Reporting by Doina Chiacu in Washington and Denis Pinchuk in Moscow; Editing by Toby Chopra and Frances Kerry