Will talk about Syria, Ukraine and elections with Putin

Minnie Murray
July 4, 2018

The meeting, to be held on July 16 in Helsinki, is likely to worry some United States allies, particularly those who want to isolate Russian Federation on the global stage, as well as drawing a fiery reaction from some of Trump's critics at home. "You can only ask so many times", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One then after interacting with Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Trump's unprecedented approach to Russian Federation has stirred discord among European leaders who want to isolate Putin, Osborne argued. "That's why the president is going to talk to him about it again". "I think the president will have a conversation about this and say, 'We don't want to see meddling in the 2018 election'".

And he said: "We are going to talk about Ukraine, we're going to talk about Syria".

At the same time, Trump has also repeatedly stated that he wants to improve relations with Moscow, and recently advocated for Russian Federation to be readmitted into the G-7. "I think we'll be talking about Syria. We are going to talk about the election", said trump, answering questions of journalists.

After the July 11 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting, Trump plans to fly to Helsinki for his first one-on-one summit with Putin on July 16. Asked by Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo whether he had any comments on, or will support, his Congressional allies' efforts to investigate alleged anti-Trump bias within the FBI and Russian Federation investigation, the president claimed he was trying to stay above the fray - before proceeding to attack the Russian Federation probe.

While the meddling allegations have been repeatedly dismissed by both Putin and Trump, they have sparked a special counsel investigation in Washington and multiple congressional investigations which have come to different conclusions.

"I'm concerned when the president tweets, you know, 'Russia denies they meddled in our election, ' " Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press", adding: "When they say they didn't meddle, they're lying".

The summit is being seen by some as an attempt by Putin to try to lift some of the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation after it annexed Crimea in 2014, its support of Ukrainian separatists and alleged meddling in the 2016 United States presidential elections. "That's not the position of the United States", he told CBS on July 1. Trump should confront Putin with the "overwhelming" evidence, Graham said.

Asked by reporters on Air Force One late on June 29 whether reports about him dropping Washington's longstanding opposition to the annexation were true, Trump said: "We're going to have to see".

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