US, Russia: Ukraine Shaping Up to Be Hot Topic for Summit

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 21, 2018

President Trump was angry that a reporter was allowed to ask him a hard question during his disastrous press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday, according to sources who spoke with the Washington Post.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a joint news conference with Russia's President Vladimir Putin after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

Putin's proposal would have enabled Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors to speak with Russians they've accused of hacking during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, in exchange for Russian investigators questioning United States officials, such as former ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul and businessman Bill Browder, who is suspected of financial misdeeds in Russia. I have President Putin.

On the New START question, we have, I think, a real requirement, as the two leading nuclear powers, which is something Trump alluded to, to deal with our relationship in a constructive fashion, and to try to address the fact that this important arms control treaty is expiring in 2021.

Antonov said Moscow is working to return her to Russian Federation.

The US president had initially described the proposal as an "incredible offer". He said: "The two presidents, as it seemed to me, talked very openly, genuinely, spoke about their concerns and tried to find common ground".

President Trump began the week by holding a historically disastrous press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

In exchange, Russian Federation would want to interrogate USA citizens accused of unspecified crimes.

The Senate, in a resolution adopted 98-0 by senators across the aisle, called on the U.S.to refuse to make any officials available for interrogation by Putin's government.

The reviews he received were muted - Mr. Trump rarely takes kindly to direct confrontation - but it was a taste of what awaited him on his return in Washington, where stalwart allies like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich were speaking out. He restated the USA intelligence assessment about Russian meddling and Moscow's "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

White House officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment, Bloomberg reported.

The poll of 1,005 adults, conducted two days after the Helsinki meeting, is in stark contrast with Trump's assessment that the meeting was a rousing success and that those who disagree are "haters".

A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader, who has always been isolated by the West for activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond.

Last Monday's Helsinki summit between the pair of world leaders was met with large media attention.

Putin, in his first public comments about the summit, told Russian diplomats U.S. She said at the Aspen Forum that Russian Federation is attempting to "cause chaos on both sides".

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