Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump to discuss ‘complex’ issues, including Syria

Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump to discuss ‘complex’ issues, including Syria

Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump to discuss ‘complex’ issues, including Syria

National Security Adviser John Bolton said President Trump will discuss a "full range of issues" with Russian Federation leader Vladimir Putin at their upcoming summit, including Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Russian Federation has denied USA intelligence agencies' assessment that Moscow sought to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election to boost Trump's prospects of becoming president. However, Putin and Trump talked on the sidelines of the forum and adopted a joint statement on Syria. Trump will also speak with Putin about Russia's election meddling.

Asked by reporters on Air Force One whether reports about him dropping Washington's longstanding opposition to the annexation were true, Trump said, "We're going to have to see".

"The election meddling issue was definitely something we talked about".

President Trump suggested that Russia's efforts to "sow discord or chaos" in the USA have been successful during a Fox News interview which aired Sunday. I want to take it home to show my hard-liners that you're not such a bad guy, ' Bolton said.

The European Union and United States originally imposed the sanctions to penalize Russian Federation for its illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its backing of separatists fighting against the Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine.

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Trump later tweeted, "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families".

When asked whether he planned to lift anti-Russian sanctions, Trump replied: "We'll see what Russia does". Last week, he tweeted that "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with meddling in our election", while at the same time attacking the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Asked if breaking that deal should prevent the USA from brokering a new one, Bolton channeled the non-committal Trumpian language, saying, "Well, we'll see what happens when the two of them get together".

Asked if the USA might recognize Crimea to be part of Russian Federation, he said, "We're to have to see" and then said the situation was handled "unfortunately" by his predecessor, President Barack Obama. "I think the president [Trump] will want to have a conversation about this and say we don't want to see meddling in the 2018 election", he added.

Russian Federation denies any interference in the 2016 elections, though US intelligence agencies have concluded otherwise.

"No, that's not the position of the United States", Bolton responded.

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