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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin could meet without aides, Kremlin says

The leaders are due to meet in Helsinki on July 16.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump may meet in private during their upcoming summit in Helsinki, a Kremlin spokesman has said.

Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday that, if both sides agree, Mr Putin and Mr Trump could meet without their aides before the start of the official meeting on July 16.

Mr Peskov said: “President Putin feels absolutely comfortable in all formats that are comfortable for his interlocutors” and the Kremlin “does not rule out” such a meeting.

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Helsinki is the venue for the summit (Onni Ojala/AP)

A US congressional delegation was in Moscow on Tuesday meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian parliamentarians.

Relations between Russia and the US have sunk to their lowest point in decades amid US sanctions over alleged Russian meddling in the US election and Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

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