Donald Trump Says Will Discuss Syria, Ukraine In Meet With Vladmir Putin

Donald Trump Says Will Discuss Syria, Ukraine In Meet With Vladmir Putin

Trump's national security advisor John Bolton, who met with the Russian President in Moscow earlier this week, said that he discussed the issue with Putin and the same would be on the table in the Helsinki summit.

Russia's state-owned television shows have mocked the outcry over the country's alleged hacking of the USA 2016 presidential election ahead of an upcoming summit between Donald Trumpand Vladimir Putin.

"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.

The summit with Putin comes amid FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States election.

Referring to comments Trump recently made to Bret Baier, Wallace asked Bolton, "Does President Trump really think it's going to be that easy to sway Vladimir Putin, would you do me a favor?"

Bolton also said he discussed Russia's annexation of Crimea with Putin.

In an interview on CBS News' "Face The Nation", Bolton reacted to Trump remarking Friday the administration is "going to have to see" if it'll accept Russia's claim on territory it seized from Ukraine in 2014.

Trump has previously denied that Russian Federation influenced the 2016 election, despite an assessment from USA intelligence agencies confirming some degree of interference.

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"Well, we'll see", Bolton quipped.

"Right, but saying "we'll see" suggests it might be", Brennan said.

"We'll be talking about elections". We're going to be talking to Russian Federation about a lot of things.

At a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit past year, Trump scolded leaders for the cost of the gleaming new Brussels headquarters and for not paying enough to support NATO's defense.

Trump's praise of Putin as a strong leader and his stated desire to forge better relations with Russian Federation are of concern to critics.

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Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation by the United States in response, and its military intervention in the war in Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad are major causes of strain in the two countries' relations. "Don't forget, President Obama gave up Crimea", he said.

The July 16 US-Russia summit in Helsinki could reset a relationship dogged by decades of unsafe rivalry.

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