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Michael McFaul, the former USA ambassador to Russian Federation, said he fears the two leaders meeting alone, and MSNBC analyst Natasha Bertrand said Trump had already made concessions to Putin ahead of their private chat.

Sergei Lavrov said his meeting with Pompeo would have to take place after the summit in Helsinki and not before because of his United States counterpart's tight schedule. "The world's better off, I believe, if Russian Federation and the US have fewer tensions".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday he will meet with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo after the July 16 summit of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Helsinki. "We hope for a honest discussion of all problems clouding our relations with the US", Lavrov told a news conference.

In an upcoming July 16 summit, President Donald Trump plans to sit with Russia's Vladimir Putin for a one-on-one meeting before allowing other aides in, a source told CNN.

"We are competitors, but we don't necessarily need to be adversaries", said Shelby, a Republican senator from Alabama, in televised comments.

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The company has said that it isn't planning to move any production to Europe as a result of the tariffs. Still, it has said that all of its motorcycles sold in the USA will continue to be made in the U.S.

The two officials also discussed issues related to Syria and North Korea, read the statement.

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

The congressmen also met their counterparts in both houses of 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.