President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his 12-14 day trip to Asia.
President Trump says he expects to meet face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week on the sidelines of an economic summit in Vietnam. "I think it's expected we'll meet with Putin, yeah," Trump told reporters on Air Force One en route to Japan. "We want Putin's help on North Korea, and we'll be meeting with a lot of different leaders."
Russia is looking forward to meeting with President Trump.
"The importance for international affairs of any contact between the Russian and U.S. presidents can hardly be overestimated," Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
The U.S. is looking to Russia for help in winding down the North Korean nuclear crisis.
"Russia borders North Korea. They also are very concerned, I think, with the direction North Korea is leading the region toward, into this crisis. And naturally, Russia should have a role in that future," a senior administration official told ABC News, explaining why Trump would seek Putin's help.