"We do not expect any breakthrough on Syria. However, we believe that the meeting will help direct president Trump further and further in his original half-hearted approach to the Syrian issue, and [help him] become more resistant to the demands of his ultra-hawkish aids to get more involved in Syrian matters. The more arguments he will hear regarding a hands-off approach to Syria the better it is for Syria," Moustapha said.
Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said Wednesday the two leaders were likely to focus on bilateral relations, disarmament and the Syrian settlement during their upcoming meeting in Helsinki on July 16.
The ambassador added that the meeting will be a positive step in terms of contributing to lowering Russia-US tensions, but warned against excessive expectation in light of Trump's unpredictable nature.
"President Trump will try to get ‘concessions’ from president Putin to be able to consolidate his standing on the domestic political scene amid the fierce polarization and bickering in Washington… But here also one should be extremely weary not to raise expectations," he said.