Trump will focus on Russia's 'malign' activity at summits: US officials
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin AFP/File / DON EMMERT, Natalia KOLESNIKOVA

U.S. President Donald Trump will discuss Russia’s “malign activity” during a summit with NATO leaders and follow up in a meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin to determine whether Moscow wants to reduce tensions, U.S. official said on Thursday.

“The president believes a better relationship with Russia would be good for both America and Russia, but the ball really is in Russia’s court and the president will continue to hold Russia accountable for its malign activity,” Jon Huntsman, U.S. ambassador to Russia, told reporters on a conference call.

“We’re entering with our eyes wide open, but peace is always worth the effort,” Huntsman said.

Trump is slated to meet Putin in Helsinki on July 16. He will meet with NATO leaders the week before in Brussels.

Reporting by Jeff Mason, Doina Chiacu and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by David Gregorio