06 Jul '18, 8am

#VladimirPutin preparing a deal that #DonaldTrump can tout after summit: #Kremlin officials

#VladimirPutin preparing a deal that #DonaldTrump can tout after summit: #Kremlin officials

MOSCOW (BLOOMBERG) - Kremlin officials are in intense negotiations with their counterparts in Washington to strike at least one deal that they hope will let President Donald Trump tout his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin as a triumph that justifies steps to repair relations. At the top of the list for the July 16 meeting in Helsinki, Finland, is Iran's role in Syria, an issue that Moscow is simultaneously negotiating with Teheran, a senior Russian official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to comment on the record. President Putin has agreed in principle to US and Israeli demands that Iranian-backed forces in southern Syria be kept away from Israel's border, replaced with troops loyal to the government in Damascus, two Kremlin advisers said. After studying President Trump's meeting last month (June) with North Korean leader Kim Jong U...

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