Should President Trump meet with Vladimir Putin? It was hoped that the new Trump Administration would be able to bring a thaw to the frozen relationship between the United States and Russia. But with the congressional investigation looking into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia as well as the relentless media coverage, it is making even a conversation between the two leaders next to impossible.
President Putin has recently voiced a desire to meet with President Trump at the upcoming Arctic Summit. In that statement, Putin reiterated complete rejection of allegations that Russia was involved in influencing the U.S. presidential election. He called the story “endless and groundless,” and criticized the political media for using the “Russian card.” Finnish President, Sauli Niinisto, who will be hosting the summit, expressed that he would be honored to facilitate such a meeting.
Putin had these things to say about the importance of such a meeting: “We have a lot of things to discuss in economy, security and regional conflicts. We’re ready for discussions and talks but the other side should demonstrate and manifest their goodwill and readiness for constructive cooperation and work,” the Russian president said via an interpreter. Putin also gave this threatening statement: “Do we want to completely cut relations? Do we want to bring the situation to what it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960s?”
Putin has confirmed that in the mean time he will meet with the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson in April following a G-7 meeting in Italy. The only other high-level meeting between the two super powers happened when Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Bonn. Journalists were asked to leave when the Secretary of State began speaking.
What do you think about Trump meeting with Putin? Should he wait until all the investigation is settled, or are the stakes too high not to have a conversation as soon as possible. We would like to see your comments on this issue.