File: Donald Trump and Vladmir Putin in a meeting/AFP

The Kremlin hailed US President Donald Trump as a “partner” on Friday ahead of his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The summit aims to mend ties at a time of high tension between Moscow and the West.

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Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov, who told reporters in a briefing on Monday’s summit in Finland, said: “We consider Trump a negotiating partner.

“The state of bilateral relations is very bad. We have to start to set them right.”

“The aim of this meeting is to begin setting right the negative state of bilateral relations, to agree on concrete measures to improve them and to establish a more or less acceptable level of trust.

“We would like these negotiations to contribute to the creation of an atmosphere that will allow us to talk about continuing contact, including possible visits to Moscow and Washington,” Ushakov added.

He said the Presidents would meet one on one with just their interpreters, adding that they will then hold a working lunch with their full delegations.