Latvian foreign minister wary of Trump-Putin summit

Although the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki is unlikely to produce any surprises, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity) feels some caution about the summit outcome.

Rinkevics said on the public Latvian Television this morning that there should be a dialogue with Russia but it was important that the upcoming summit should not bring any surprises as regards the defined principles concerning the international relations.

“It will be good if the summit succeeded at solving certain complicated issues. Before announcing the summit, the U.S. informed its allies about what it wanted to achieve in those negotiations. Although no major surprises are likely, I look at the summit with certain caution,” the Latvian foreign minister said.

Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis is of a similar opinion. He said on the LNT commercial television this morning that a dialogue with Russia in different formats was needed because complete isolation from it was impossible as Russia was a major global player and had to be reckoned with.

As reported, the U.S. and Russian presidents will meet in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16 to discuss the current and future U.S.-Russia relations and national security matters.

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