Trump, Putin summit no cause for alarm, expert says

Kimberly Adams
July 15, 2018 - 1:51 pm
Russia's Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — President Donald Trump's second meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin is no cause for alarm.

According to a local expert, the move is a continuation of diplomacy between the two countries.

"We don't have the benefit of knowing everything that has happened," said Edward Turzanski, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. "There are always discussions being held between states of the world."

Turzanski said the meeting is another step closer to diplomacy, but what will be discussed during the meeting is unknown.

"There may be something that has gotten to the point of maturity by way of a topic that calls for a discussion to be had," he added.

Whatever the agenda may be going into the summit in Finland, Turzanski said it may have changed somewhat since 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted Friday in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

"Do pay attention," he advised, "because this just the beginning of trying to cast a more productive relationship between the United State and Russia."