Putin Says Summit With President Trump Was a Success

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 20, 2018

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is back in the news spotlight after this week's Helsinki summit. On Wednesday, Trump answered "no" to a reporter's question on whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, only to have Sanders say later he was saying "no" to answering any questions - not to the question itself.

He said his meeting with Mr Trump on Monday in Helsinki, Finland's capital, allowed them to start on "the path to positive change".

The California lawmaker says he realizes it's an "extraordinary" step to subpoena the interpreter, but it's also extraordinary for the president to meet alone with a US adversary.

What reaction is there to the planned Putin visit?

He said: "To those who in the past 15 years have tried to accelerate an arms race and seek unilateral advantage against Russian Federation, have introduced restrictions and sanctions that are illegal from the standpoint of worldwide law aiming to restrain our nation's development, including in the military area, I will say this: everything you have tried to prevent through such a policy has already happened".

"OK. That's going to be special", he said, laughing.

He also learned of Mr Trump's decision to invite Mr Putin to Washington for a second meeting this autumn while he was being interviewed at the Aspen forum.

The ambassador said Russian Federation is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Putin and Trump, Interfax said.

Five days after the Helsinki meeting, USA officials and lawmakers remained in the dark about what the leaders discussed in their two-hour, one-on-one session with only interpreters present.

People close to Trump reportedly speculated whether the president would fire Coats, with one source saying Trump never had a liking for him.

NY senator Chuck Schumer said in an email statement: "Until we know what happened at that two hour meeting in Helsinki, the president should have no more one-on-one interactions with Putin". As if to underline that point, plans are already under way for a sequel - this time in Washington DC.

"That talks are held is basically good for all, in particular between these two countries", Merkel said at her regular summer press conference.

In the CBS interview, Trump asserted he was leading a hard-line policy on Russian Federation.

The president campaigned on closer ties with Russian Federation, a goal that had been thwarted during his first year in office.

Mr Trump, by contrast, has come under widespread domestic criticism about the meeting both from Democratic opponents and senior Republicans.

As the furore grew on his return to the US, Mr Trump backtracked on his remarks, lashed out at "haters" who condemned his meeting, said he did hold Mr Putin personally responsible for election meddling, and rejected a proposal by Mr Putin that Russian Federation be allowed to question US citizens.

But, he added, "Russia was always open to such proposals".

Before the meeting in Helsinki, Coats publicly warned that the United States was facing a growing cyber threat, singling out Russian Federation as the country's most hostile adversary.

USA officials have repeatedly said that Russian Federation must do much more to implement the agreement and create conditions under which it could succeed.

The US citizens Russia would like to question are related to Moscow's case against the financier Bill Browder, a fierce Putin critic who was instrumental in the US imposing sanctions in 2012 on top Russian officials accused of corruption.

On Tuesday, Russia suggested there had been more than one agreement forged by two leaders and even said it was ready to implement agreements reached by Mr. Trump and Putin.

Russian Federation was also seeking to interview Michael McFaul, another Putin critic who was USA ambassador to Moscow under President Obama.

What else has happened since the Trump-Putin summit?

President Trump's decision to invite Russia's foreign minister and ambassador to the USA into the Oval Office during the Russian delegation's May 2017 visit to the White House.

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