Trump says he'll bring up election meddling with Putin

Minnie Murray
July 2, 2018

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, suggested on Sunday that the issue would come up as well, but also argued that Trump's summit with Putin would be a good way for the pair to get past the "political noise" caused by the Russian Federation probe.

On Wednesday, US National Security Adviser John Bolton arrived in Moscow to prepare a possible meeting between the two countries' president. "Everything you said about Obama and Iraq, you're going to do in Syria".

Trump's praise of Putin as a strong leader and his stated desire to forge better relations with Russian Federation are of concern to critics.

"There are possibilities for doing a larger negotiation on helping to get Iranian forces out of Syria and back into Iran which would be a significant step forward", Bolton told "Face the Nation".

In early 2014, with areas of Ukraine falling into chaos in the wake of a Kiev street revolt that ousted a pro-Russian president, "irregular" Russian troops seized Crimea.

Meeting likely to provoke criticism for United States leader amid probe into Russian interference in 2016 election.

Perhaps a key detail Bolton has chose to share with the public is the fact that he and Putin have discussed Russian election meddling.

Bolton also said he discussed Russia's annexation of Crimea with Putin and his aides during a 90-minute meeting.

The European Union and United States originally imposed the sanctions to penalize Russian Federation for its illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its backing of separatists fighting against the Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine.

The summit could irritate USA allies, such as the United Kingdom, who want to isolate Putin, or countries such as Ukraine who are nervous about what they see as Trump's overly friendly attitude toward the Russian leader.

"Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!". Trump has been critical of the probe, denying any collusion and arguing that the Democrats should be investigated instead.

"I think the president will have to pursue that further and I think that's one reason why he and President Putin need to have this conversation".

Peskov said Moscow is ready to follow the path of normalising Russia-U.S. relations to the extent Washington is ready to do. It's up to President Trump to make sure that we don't give Russian Federation and Iran Syria.

"President Putin was pretty clear with me about it, and my response was we're going to have to agree to disagree on Ukraine", he said.

Asked about lifting of sanctions on Russia, Mr Trump appeared to be non-committal.

Asked if the United States would recognize Crimea as part of Russia, Trump said: "We're going to have to see".

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