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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Aide Signals U.S. Talks Progress

Russia expects "serious signals for the further deepening of the Russian-American partnership" when Presidents Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush meet next month on the eve of the Group of Eight nations summit, a top Kremlin adviser said Friday.

The comments by Sergei Prikhodko were the latest sign that Russia hopes for substantial agreements with the United States on a number of high-profile issues. Among Moscow's top priorities is a final deal with Washington for membership in the World Trade Organization.

Bush is expected to pay a working visit to Russia ahead of the July 15-17 meeting of the G8 in St. Petersburg. Russia is chairing the organization for the first time.

"We expect serious signals for the further deepening of the Russian-American partnership, both on a bilateral level and in the interest of strengthening strategic stability in general, as well as positive steps toward the resolution of regional conflicts," Prikhodko was quoted as saying by RIA-Novosti, Itar-Tass and Interfax.

Prikhodko -- Putin's top foreign policy adviser -- could not be reached for comment Friday evening.

Russia-U.S. relations have grown prickly in recent months, with the U.S. administration warning that Russia was backsliding on democracy and human rights and Moscow complaining that Washington was dragging its feet over World Trade Organization membership talks.