Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Bolton: Trump would be 'silly' to demand extradition of Russian intelligence officers

Bolton: Trump would be 'silly' to demand extradition of Russian intelligence officers

The U.S. has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can't compel Russian Federation to hand over citizens.

Speaking with the US network CBS in Scotland on Saturday as he wound up the United Kingdom leg of his Europe tour, US President Donald Trump said that he was not going into talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin with high expectations.

In an interview yesterday with CBS News Trump was asked to describe the US's biggest foes - and the first on the list was the European Union - before going on to name Russian Federation and China.

"But I go in with low expectations - I'm not going in with high expectations".

On Sunday, CNN aired footage of Russian State television claiming that the indictment of 12 Russians for election meddling was actually an attempt to undermine the summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

The Trump-Putin summit is likely to take place for several hours and the two presidents will address a joint news conference after it, according to the Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov.

Trump set expectations for the summit low, telling CBS News, "I don't expect anything".

Trump says he believes such get-togethers are beneficial.

At a rambling news conference after one-on-one talks, Trump said not a single critical word about Russian Federation on any of the issues that have brought relations between the Washington and Moscow to a post-Cold War low, from Ukraine to Syria.

Pressed as to why he first listed the European Union as a foe, Trump responded, "No, I look at them all".

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In Russia, the budding relationship is viewed with cautious optimism as a chance to reboot relations after Putin's military intervention in Ukraine in 2014 set off cascading US economic sanctions.

But he added: "Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russia.over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!"

"And I heard that they were trying, or people were trying, to hack into the RNC, too", Trump said. That proposal faded into the background after Trump ordered a missile strike on Russia's allies in Syria and then held an even more unexpected meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

On the route between the airport the newspaper, Helsingen Sanomat - Finland's largest - has posted 300 billboards, some in Russian and others in English, highlighting "the presidents' turbulent relations with the media".

Trump said the summit agenda will include among other things; Russia's involvement in Ukraine, Iranian interference in Syria, and Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

Congressional Democrats and at least one Republican have called on the President to pull out of the meeting unless he is willing to make Russian election-meddling a top issue for the summit. Trump said he was happy to pass the ball on to his 12-year-old son Barron.

Trump, a 72-year-old former NY real estate developer who praises his own deal-making skills, and Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy who cultivates a macho image as a man of action, are due to have some time alone at the summit.

Mr Huntsman said the meeting will go on, arguing that some worldwide issues can't be solved without Russian engagement.

The Russian foreign ministry "liked" his words and tweeted back: "We agree".

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