Putin happy for one-on-one Trump talks

US congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

Kremlin: One-on-one meeting with Trump 'absolutely suits' Putin

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, back to a camera, listens to U.S. Sen.

Background: Washington and Moscow have sparred through sanctions following a breakdown in ties due to Russia's annexation of Crimea and alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

The summit - finalized amid a visit to Moscow by National Security Adviser John Bolton just last week - will cap a dizzying year in which President Trump repeatedly expressed a desire to "get along" with Russian Federation while approving a raft of sanctions that have sent U.S. -Russia relations to lows reminiscent of the Cold War.

He said the Kremlin was "very satisfied" that the senators were visiting Russian Federation.

Shelby has been leading an all-Republican congressional delegation to Russian Federation, of mainly appropriators.

Ahead of the North Korea summit, some USA officials expressed concern about a meeting without any other aides present.

For the second day in a row he stressed that the two powers do not necessarily need to be adversaries, but competitors like in sports or trade.

The Kremlin on Tuesday said Vladimir Putin would be comfortable with holding one-on-one talks with President Donald Trump at their summit later this month in Helsinki, according to a report.

Peskov was responding to a CNN report on Monday that said Trump plans to meet face-to-face with Putin at their July 16 meeting before allowing aides to join them.

Lavrov, speaking in English, said he hoped that the United States senators' visit "will symbolise the resumption of relations between the (US and Russian) parliaments".

Later in the day the congressmen were to meet their counterparts in the Russian parliament.

The U.S. and Russia have been at odds over a number of issues including Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Russian actions in Syria and its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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