When Trump meets Putin, United States News & Top Stories

Geneva Stokes
July 2, 2018

In an appearance on CBS News' "Face the Nation," National Security Adviser Ambassador John Bolton said the July 16 meeting would be "just the two of them" and would offer the chance to discuss Syria at length, along with "a whole range of issues".

Donald Trump will probably want to have a "conversation" about election-meddling during his meeting with Vladimir Putin, despite the Russian president's repeated assurances that the Kremlin did not interfere in the 2016 race. "We're going to be talking to Russian Federation about a lot of things".

"We're going to talk about Ukraine, we're going to be talking about Syria".

"I think the Russians are always saying to us they want to cooperate on worldwide terrorism", Bolton said and pointed to Iran as a major sponsor of it.

Bolton said that was different from the Russians saying there was no meddling at all.

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"Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!".

Several members of the president's national security team had cautioned against meeting with Putin after what is expected to be a tense summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners the prior week. Kremlin officials also said the allegations are an attempt by United States politicians to distract from domestic problems and an effort by the USA media to demonize Russian Federation. And Trump will not be able to change much, if anything, when it comes to Putin's "Russia first" policy. "We'll see what Russian Federation does", Trump said.

Peskov said Moscow is ready to follow the path of normalising Russia-U.S. relations to the extent Washington is ready to do.

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

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

"That's not the position of the United States", Bolton concluded.

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