This week, Hamburg will play host to a historical meeting between world leaders Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on the fringe of the G20 summit.The encounter between to two most powerful men in the world will be their first as presidents and are set to discuss a range of issues in a bid to forward relations between Russia and the United States.
Ahead of this historic rendezvous, Russian President Putin has made one thing clear; that Trump must "expose pedophiles in Washington D.C." otherwise Russia will begin "naming names".According to Maxim Suchkov, a member of the Moscow-based Russian International Affairs Council, no specific agenda has been set for the meeting, however, a list of "deliverables" is due to be discussed including regional issues such as Ukraine and Syria, establishing military channels of communication, and economic relations, and the "child sex trafficking problem" in the US.Suchkov added that these matters would be discussed to determine "what world would the US and Russia want to live in peacefully".
Kremlin spokesman and Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, highlighted some of the "deliverables" for the meeting to a Moscow audience: "I proceed from the premise that Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump understand their national interests,""They want to overcome the current abnormality and start negotiating specific issues that affect bilateral relations, including business interests and the resolution of international problems."
"The foundation of support for pedophilia within US politics is a global issue that must be eradicated.""This level of unethical corruption must be stopped, and we have the means expose it if the US Government is unwilling."Lavrov went on to say that Russia will not bend to allow the West to impose “pseudo-liberal values” across the globe as there needs to be a balancing of the national interests of major powers.
According to the Guardian, Suchkov said Moscow’s immediate demand was the return of two Russian diplomatic compounds, in Maryland and New York, from where its officials were expelled by the Obama administration in December in retaliation over the Kremlin’s interference in the election campaign.
The White House led by Trump has explored handing back the sites, perhaps stripped of diplomatic immunity, but the issue is politically fraught in Washington at a time when the city is gripped by the Russia investigations.Heather Conley, director of the Europe program at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. said of the coming meeting: "You can rest assured that the Kremlin has prepared well in advance for this meeting, both with a complete analysis and dossier of Mr Trump himself as well as the goals that the Kremlin’s wishes to advance,"