The White House considers Russia's return to the international negotiating table inevitable, and "compromises" can allow it to re-enter the G8. This on June 28, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reports Deutsche Welle.
In a speech before the senators Pompeo did not specify what compromises could be discussed. However, he insisted that Washington's position on Crimea remains unchanged - Russia illegally annexed the Ukrainian peninsula. This led to the exclusion of the Russian Federation from the then G8.
"The President is sincerely convinced that Russia's participation in important geostrategic discussions is inevitable," Pompeo said. According to the Secretary of State, the United States and Russia can find some areas for understanding that can help the situation in Ukraine. US President Donald Trump himself stated earlier that mutual understanding with Moscow is a "good thing."
We recall, US President Donald Trump spoke in favor of the resumption of Russia's membership in the G8. The leaders of the G-7 at the summit in Quebec opposed the return of the Russian Federation to the G8.
Earlier we informed that meeting of the presidents of Russia and the US - Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump - will be held on July 16 in Helsinki. This was reported by the press service of the Kremlin. Washington confirmed the date and venue of the summit.
The publication notes that Trump's interest in the meeting with Putin was publicized among White House employees in March, after "the Kremlin reported that Trump, in a telephone conversation with the Russian leader, sent him an invitation."
According to the sources of the newspaper, Trump personally asked his assistants to organize a bilateral meeting after he and Putin communicated at the APEC summit in Vietnam last November.
"After that meeting, the president said that he would like to invite Putin to the White House. We ignored this," the source of the newspaper said.
According to him, at that time key advisers in the National Security Council of the White House were against the idea of such a meeting.
"They decided: Let's wait and see if he will say it again, "said an employee who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity," the newspaper writes.
On the eve Trump said that he could meet with the Russian president this summer.
"It is possible that we will meet, yes," he said, answering the journalist's question about whether he would meet with the Russian president this summer.