Fri, 05 Apr 2013 02:30:00 GMT | By IANS

Putin, Obama to meet in June

The US-Russia "reset" has been strained by a number of issues, including missile defence, the Magnitsky Act, international adoptions and the conflict in Syria


Putin, Obama to meet in June (© Reuters)

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama will hold full-fledged talks on the sidelines of the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland in June, a Putin aide said.

The possibility of "contacts in connection with Obama's participation in a G20 summit" is also under consideration, presidential aide Yury Ushakov said. The question of a possible visit to Moscow by Obama will be discussed with US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, he said. "I believe Donilon will come to Moscow and issue some signals in that regard," he said.

Putin has no plans to meet with Donilon himself, he added. Ushakov said in March that Donilon would arrive in Moscow April 15 to discuss a new configuration of the US missile defence system. The US-Russia "reset" has been strained by a number of issues, including missile defence, the Magnitsky Act, international adoptions and the conflict in Syria.

Missile Defence:

One of the thorniest issues in US-Russian relations in recent years has been Moscow's virulent opposition to the deployment of a NATO missile shield in eastern Europe.

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