US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will hold summit meeting at the Presidential Palace in Finnish capital Helsinki, the on Monday July 16.
According to TASS, the Russian official news agency, President Vladimir Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Friday “July 16, Helsinki, and the venue is the Presidential Palace. The itinerary says the summit starts at 13:00 hours.”
He recalled that Trump would arrive in Helsinki on the eve the meeting and Putin, right on Monday. He further said, “We don’t actually know how much time the discussion between the two Presidents will take up,” he said. “We don’t have any restrictions on our part.”
“It will kick off with a tete-a-tete conversation where only the interpreters will be present. After that, the Russian-US negotiations proper will begin and most probably they will have the format of a working breakfast, with some members of the delegations attending,” he said.
“After the negotiations, the Presidents are supposed to hold a news conference where each of them will make an address to the audience and will answer four questions – two questions from each side,” he said, making a note that this is a standard format for news conferences of this kind.
He did not attach importance to the formalities of diplomatic protocol, which suggest that a hall where the sides hold top-level negotiations should be assigned to one of them.
“This problem [whose territory the talks will take place on] is the easiest one and it looks like neither Russian side nor American side bothers much about it,” Ushakov said.
“Definite diplomatic efforts preceded the arrangements for the summit in Helsinki and they were made confidentially,” he said. “The two sides reached the necessary agreements and have coordinated all the details about how this will take place. Everyone is satisfied with the arrangements.”
Meanwhile, BBC quoted Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman that the format of the summit does not stipulate that a joint declaration should be adopted.
He said, “No, a joint communiqué is not a necessary attribute of such meetings. The statements will be made by the two Presidents right after the summit,”
pointing out that the Kremlin had already made an announcement about a joint news conference of the two heads of state.”
Meanwhile White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has said that summit will go ahead as planned despite tension over Moscow’s alleged election meddling. The pair will meet for talks in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Monday.