President Donald Trump had a non-public one-on-one assembly together with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday, saying he hoped the 2 males might have an “extraordinary relationship”. The 2 leaders are in Helsinki for long-awaited talks geared toward kick-starting new bilateral relations, regardless of claims by US authorities that Russian intelligence officers hacked Mr Trump’s opponent within the 2016 election.
“We are two countries that frankly have not been getting along very well for the last number of years,” Mr Trump advised a stony-faced Mr Putin. “But I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship.” After the assembly, Mr Trump and Mr Putin held an expanded bilateral dialogue with their aides.
Whereas Mr Trump stated the 2 males would focus on “everything” of their conferences, he notably didn’t point out the topic of Russian hacking of the US election. Earlier, Mr Trump lashed out at his predecessor and the investigation into Russian meddling within the 2016 election for undermining relations with the Kremlin.
“Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!” he stated. Russia’s Ministry of foreign Affairs responded on Twitter: “We agree.” Whereas Mr Trump has not formally accepted that Moscow interfered within the 2016 election, he blamed then-President Barack Obama for doing nothing to cease the alleged interference.
The 2 leaders are anticipated to debate points starting from Syria, Ukraine and Iran to arms management and can maintain a one-on-one assembly — which US lawmakers have cautioned Mr Trump towards doing — earlier than holding a wider dialogue that can embrace prime aides.