"I wouldn't underplay at all the importance of actually sitting down for the first time in a meeting, summit environment".
Spanning both events is the biannual Farnborough air show in the United Kingdom, where defense companies and allied nations toggle between the welcome news of increased European defense spending and deeper cooperation against the Russian threat, and the conflicting messages sent from Washington over its commitments to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and existing trade agreements.
President Donald Trump has declared that his incessant jibes at US allies to spend more on defense has made NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg "Trump's biggest fan", while Russian Federation must regret ever liking the ex-Apprentice host. "Of course, they kill us on trade". "Certainly, we do not want this to be a protectionist vehicle for European Union", the United States envoy to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told the press in February, warning that initiatives like PESCO can potentially "splinter the strong security alliance that we have". They make it impossible to do business in Europe, and yet they come in and they sell their Mercedes and their BMWs to us.
"I said, you know, Angela, I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you and it means a lot more to you than protecting us cause I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you", Trump said.
"Everyone in our alliance has the same goal, and that is a strong deterrent; an alliance that is unified that can face any threats that any one of our 29 members might face", she said, listing "Russia and the malign activities of Russian Federation, the efforts of Russian Federation to divide our Democratic nations" and INF treaty violations as among those threats. Do they ever tell you that?
This decision follows an update from French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the European Council last week on the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements, to which the sanctions are linked.
He said conversations "on election meddling, on Ukraine, on Syria" have happened "through diplomatic channels, but there hasn't been a full airing of the issues in our bilateral relationship that really matter most to global stability".
Other than with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump has no other bilateral meetings scheduled.
We will remind, the Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs Elena zerkal expects when meeting the US President Donald trump, and Vladimir Putin will discuss the issue of releasing Ukrainian political prisoners. At Trump's rally, the president suggested he had done enough to allay fears among Americans that he did not view US allies favorably.