Merkel pleased Trump met Putin, hopes for more US-Russian dialogue

ANU's Wilson Says Trump Is No Match for Putin

Trump's tweetstorm comes after Putin said at a press conference Saturday that he believes the USA president was "satisfied" with his answers to questions about Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. "Cut it out.' And I think President Putin did exactly what we thought he would do, which is deny it".

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley contradicted President Donald Trump on the question of whether or not Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election Saturday. "He appeared to me satisfied with these answers". "I hope Mr. Trump will have the guts to say that". He asked, I answered him. Putin echoed Trump's remarks, pronouncing himself delighted to meet Trump in person.

Lavrov came away from the meeting saying Trump had heard out Putin's assurances that Moscow did not run a hacking and disinformation effort, and had dismissed the entire US investigation into the Russian role.

Three top Trump White House officials on Saturday would not dispute Russian President Vladimir Putin's assertion that President Donald Trump had accepted his denial regarding Moscow's meddling in last year's election at their G-20 meeting.

Asked about the conflict on Saturday, Dmitry Peskov joked: "Trust Lavrov".

Tillerson told reporters Friday that Trump and Putin had a "lengthy and robust" discussion about election meddling. He did not answer shouted questions about whether Russian Federation had lied about the content of the meeting.

Earlier this week, Trump said he thought Russian Federation had interfered.

But Mr Trump also repeated a pledge to make the southern neighbour pay for a border wall.

"It's not an obsession with leaks", Continetti said, saying that there has been a leak in every high-level meeting Trump's had with foreign officials in the Oval Office.

"I believe that we have established personal relations already", Putin told a news conference.

In Friday's talks, Tillerson said, the focus was on "how do we move forward from what may be simply an intractable disagreement at this point" and ensure that no interference take place in the future. Our position is well-known, and I repeated it - there is no basis to think that Russian Federation interfered in the election process.

During the meeting, Trump and Putin agreed to impose a new ceasefire in southwestern Syria, to step up efforts to resolve the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, and to work together to address cybersecurity and cybercrime issues, including potential hacking of elections.



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