Trump doesn't rule out accepting Russia's claim on Ukraine's Crimea

02 July, 2018, 02:51 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • US special counsel Robert Mueller is leading the investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 US

Though Trump and Putin often speak warmly of each other, their countries are increasingly at odds when it comes to issues like foreign policy and meddling in the 2016 USA election.

"In establishing that line of communication the president has very much in mind he wants to understand the Russian position and perhaps more importantly he wants Vladimir Putin to understand our positions", he continued.

The Helsinki summit will mark the first formal one-on-one meeting between the two leaders since Trump took office, though the two met during an aside at last year's G-20 summit and have spoken at an APEC summit.

They had previously met on the sidelines of a G-20 gathering in Germany and an Asian Pacific conference in Vietnam past year.

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Trump is scheduled to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland. We're going to be talking to them about Syria, we're going to be talking to them about Ukraine.

Bolton dismissed a question about whether Trump has been more willing to criticize USA allies than authoritarian leaders of rival nations, including Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

"I think the president often says "we'll see" to show that he's willing to talk to foreign leaders about a range of issues and hear their perspective", Bolton said.

Graham said he was troubled by Trump's claim Russia did not meddle in the 2016 US elections despite intelligence agencies saying the "highest levels" of the Russian government approved activities that led up to Trump's victory.

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"We did indeed talk about Russian interference in the elections and I expect it will be a subject of conversation between the two presidents as well", Bolton said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a Senate hearing last week Trump is sure to warn Putin that it is "completely unacceptable" to interfere in US elections.

Trump denies wrongdoing and calls an investigation into possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation a "witch hunt". Trump tweeted last week. We'll be talking about world events. Asked if the USA would recognize Russia's claim on Crimea, he said: "We're going to have to see".

He gave a similar answer when he was asked if he would lift the sanctions on Russian Federation.

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The meeting would allow the leaders to cut through "political noise" about alleged Russian collusion, Bolton said.

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