Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Will Trump press Putin on election meddling denials?

Will Trump press Putin on election meddling denials?

White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday he discussed concerns about Russian meddling in US elections with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said his government did not interfere in the 2016 presidential vote.

"I'll talk to him about everything".

"The Russian president has repeatedly stated and explained to his interlocutors that there can not be and never will be an issue on the agenda of Crimea, as Crimea is an integral part of Russia", Peskov said.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump board Air Force One as they depart for Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, from Morristown, New Jersey, July 1, 2018.

It's the first official summit between the two powers, though they've met twice before on the sidelines of worldwide gatherings.

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

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

There are several topics that will be cowered by Trump and Putin, and those include Syria, Crimea, Ukraine, sanctions, arms race, etc.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview on June 29 that Putin will not raise the issue of sanctions in his meeting with Trump, although he added that Russia "would not mind" if Trump chose to lift them. And he has called the FBI's investigation into potential Russian co-ordination with his campaign a "witch hunt" created to delegitimize his presidency.

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.

He has said the goal of his upcoming summit is to improve Washington-Moscow relations, which are at a post-Cold War low.

Bolton said there were areas for cooperation between the two countries, but added that the lifting of USA sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea in 2014 would not be on the table.

The strengthening of Trump's political position this year has made it possible for Trump to renew his friendship with Putin. He said the USA has wanted to learn about Russia's main objectives, "but without this kind of discussion, which has been precluded for some time by the political noise over the allegations of [Russian] collusion with the [presidential] campaign, we haven't been able to do that".

Putin last month said patriotic Russian hackers may have staged cyber attacks against countries that had strained relations with Moscow and denied state intervention - a departure from the Kremlin's previous denials of any Russian interference. Trump should confront Putin with the "overwhelming" evidence, Graham said.

As previously reported "FACTS", Pompeo told how Russian Federation will be able to return in the G8 not to give Crimea to Ukraine.

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