"The whole world understands that it's hard to do anything without Russia. The very fact of a meeting and dialogue is a vivid confirmation of it. Honor and praise to President Vladimir Putin for being able to strengthen Russia's authority on international arena so that, no matter how the Americans and the EU try to exist in confrontation with us, to pressure us with sanctions, they are still forced to seek ways of rapprochement with us, still have to come to Russia," Russian parliament's upper house's Defense and Security Committee chairman Viktor Bondarev told Sputnik on Monday.
As the senator noted, the meetings of the presidents of the two nuclear superpowers are always not only the beginning of a new stage in bilateral relations but also an important geopolitical, global event.
"Of course, this event is also historic, because this summit is the first full-scale meeting between Putin and Trump." Today, our relations with the United States are tense. Now, this understanding has finally become mutual," Bondarev said.
In any case, a dialogue is always better than silence, the senator concluded.