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Rumours of an historic summit between Trump and Putin

President Trump's first foreign trip will possibly be a meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in the capital of Iceland.

Published: January 15, 2017, 1:04 pm

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    The Sunday Times revealed that president-elect Donald Trump hopes meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin within weeks of his January 20 inauguration in the Reykjavik.

    Trump and his advisers have told British officials their administration’s first foreign trip will be a meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in the capital of Iceland, the Sunday Times reported.

    Citing an unidentified source, the summit will be “emulating Ronald Reagan’s Cold War deal-making in Reykjavik with Mikhail Gorbachev.”

    The move is certain to unleash a new wave of denunciations by warmongers at home and abroad against Trump’s alleged proximity to the Russian leader.

    The meeting with Putin, which would be Trump’s first foreign trip, is to start work on an agreement limiting nuclear arms, signalling a thaw in US-Russian relations.

    The Times maintains that according to sources close to the Russian Embassy in London, the Kremlin would agree to a summit between the two heads of state.

    The meeting between Putin and Trump could reset western relations with Moscow, just over 30 years since the historic summit on October 11-12, 1986, between Reagan and Gorbachev.

    The meeting then had been the second in a series that relaunched the relationship between the United States and the then Soviet Union, and ultimately led to a much-needed de-escalation in the nuclear arms race between the two superpowers.

    Trump, just as Reagan did, wants to discuss nuclear disarmament with Russia.

    The latest report comes just a day after Trump told the Wall Street Journal he could lift anti-Russian sanctions “under certain conditions.” In an hour-long interview on Friday, he added that he would consider lifting the restrictions, depending on how helpful the Russians are in the fight against terrorism, as well as assisting with other goals that he feels are key to the US.

    The meeting has not officially been announced by either side, and reports say Iceland has not been formally contacted, but rumours continue to swirl.

    karin@praag.org

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