The RUSSIAN capital is filling up with officials from the Middle East who are set to meet with President Putin before his talks with Trump in Helsinki later this week in a desperate bid to avoid any deal being agreed between the two countries.
But some experts have warned about any future deal between Russia and the US, labelling America “an air-headed girl”.
Leaders and officials from Middle Eastern countries are concerned about their relationship with Russia should any deal with the US be achieved.
Speaking to RT, Grigory Lukyanov, a Middle East analyst and senior lecturer at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, said: “There are concerns in Damascus and Tehran that the course which Russia had in foreign policy over the past years may take a shift similarly to how it happened in the past.
“In pursuit of some of global agreement with the US, Russia would sacrifice its Middle Eastern achievements and interests that it perceived secondary.”
Putin is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ali Akbar Velayati, the foreign policy aide to Iran’s Supreme Leader.
He is also set to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as he arrives to watch the World Cup final.
The Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, will also be at the game.