Trump and his aides are holding their first meeting since the inauguration with Russian officials this week as they seek to improve their ability to communicate with foreign leaders and try to tamp down tensions in the region.
Trump is also set to hold a more open meeting with the leader of Turkey’s military on Friday, his first visit to Ankara since taking office.
And the White House is also expected to hold another meeting with top Russian officials on Friday.
In recent weeks, the two presidents have been more restrained than usual in their efforts to improve the U.S.-Russian relationship.
The U.N. Security Council is set to vote next week on whether to impose sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election.
But Trump and the new administration have been far more aggressive in their dealings with Russia, particularly since the Kremlin annexed Crimea and President Vladimir Putin declared war on the U: the two leaders are planning a meeting with Trump next week at the White the next day, according to a senior administration official familiar with the matter.
On Friday, Trump will hold a meeting in Washington with the head of the Russian Federation’s foreign affairs department, Sergei Lavrov, and the head and deputy head of Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, Yuri Ushakov, as well as the head for intelligence of Russia in the U.-S.
delegation to the G-8 summit, according the White’s official.
The White House said the three are “close” to reaching an agreement on sanctions, and that Trump will deliver a letter to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and to Ushakova on the matter on Friday evening.
A White House official said that, in light of the latest U.K. vote to back Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, the White is planning to hold an emergency meeting of the National Security Council and the Defense, State, and Foreign Affairs Committees.
Also on Friday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the administration is considering sending an envoy to meet with the Turkish government, and she also said that Trump plans to meet “with the heads of the [Turkish] military and intelligence agencies, and also with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and with the secretary of state.”
The president is also “deeply concerned” about the Russian election hacking, she said, but stressed that he will not be swayed by what Russia is doing.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Sanders said.
“We’re very close.
We have very strong communication and engagement.
We’ve been working on it for a very long time.”
Sanders added that she was confident that the U