MIAMI (AP) An American travel agency has hired a Russian travel agent to manage a Russian trip for a top aide to U.S. President Donald Trump.
The hire by ADkins Travel Agency in Miami comes as the Trump administration and some U.K. officials seek to cut ties with Russia.
ADkins said the new agency, which has been operating in Russia since late last year, is the largest American travel company.
It will have more than 400 employees in Russia and is the second-largest Russian travel company after Kogalymavia, according to the U.N. Department of Foreign Affairs.
ADkin is based in Moscow.
The trip, by Russian businessman Andrey Vyatskiy, is expected to be the first such trip for Trump to Russia since he took office.
It comes as Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a summit of the Group of Seven economic leaders in Sicily and other U.s. officials have pressed for an end to U,S.
sanctions on Russia.
The White House has repeatedly said the U,s.
economic sanctions against Russia were lifted in exchange for Putin’s help in defeating the Islamic State group in Syria.
Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign in February after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Kislyak.
ADKkins said it would take more than a year to complete the trip.
“We have a very large number of partners in Russia,” ADkins chief executive officer and president David Gies said in a statement.
“It is critical to our clients and our employees to be able to work with a high degree of confidence that our partners are operating in a way that upholds our ethical standards.”
ADkins has a long history of running international travel for Russian business and government.
In the 1980s, the company started selling travel packages to wealthy Russians and businessmen in Europe.
The company was also one of the first American companies to make trips to Moscow to meet with Putin.
ADkeys employees in Moscow will be working in Russia on a new job that requires a visa, according a person familiar with the matter.
The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and requested anonymity.
Gies, who was Trump’s national security advisor before being fired, has not yet responded to a request for comment.