"Russia is a foe in certain respects". China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. It doesn't mean anything. "They want the state to spend more resources at home", Volkov said. He also again complained that "it's a very bad thing for Germany" that the country depends on Russian gas, for which it is paying "billions" to Moscow.
Some in Washington along with U.S. allies are anxious about what Trump might bargain away after he used a stormy G7 summit in Canada to ponder whether it was time to readmit Russian Federation to the club and move past sanctions imposed over Moscow's seizure of the Crimea region from Ukraine.
He also listed Russian Federation "in certain respects" and China on economic matters when asked to list America's top global foes. "It means that they are competitive".
He writes, "If I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!" "He may come in with maps of Syria, maps of Ukraine, and, frankly, I think he'll take advantage of this President, who we know doesn't do much prep work before these meetings".
Trump and his top aides were downplaying expectations for Monday's summit as Trump continued to rattle allies by lumping in the European Union with Russian Federation and China after barnstorming across Europe, causing chaos at the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and in a trip to the United Kingdom.
"'Don't walk away from those negotiations because then you'll be stuck.' So I want us to be able to sit down to negotiate the best deal for Britain", May said.
Jeffrey Mankoff, a Russian Federation expert at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies said: 'Trump has maybe a little less room to maneuver if he wants to downplay the issue or pretend that it's not real'.
Congressional Democrats and at least one Republican have called on Trump to pull out of Monday's meeting unless he is willing to make Russian election-meddling the top issue.
Syrian army says it captures strategic hill overlooking Israeli border
Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent said that a humanitarian aid convoy reached government-held parts of southwest Syria. They are trapped between the Israeli border and advancing regime forces with little shelter from the harsh summer weather.
Trump and Putin have met twice before, during worldwide summits past year in Germany and in Vietnam.
When asked by CBS if he would ask Putin to extradite the Russians to the US, Trump said he had not thought of that idea but that he might.
Huntsman on Sunday said that it was "highly unlikely" the United States would recognize Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, but would not rule it out. Instead, Paul said Trump and other US officials should focus on safeguarding upcoming elections from interference.
However, as National Security Advisor John Bolton pointed out on Fox News Sunday, Russia does not have an extradition treaty with the US and has refused to hand over its citizens to European nations in past legal cases.
It would be "pretty silly to demand something that (Trump) can't get legally", Bolton said, because "to demand something that isn't going to happen puts the president in a weak position".
"I will be talking about nuclear proliferation", the president said alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday. Four former Trump campaign figures, including his first national security adviser and a campaign manager, have been indicted.
'The administration has a pretty good policy towards Russian Federation, just the president doesn't agree with it, ' said Michael McFaul, a former USA ambassador to Russian Federation under Obama.