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18:00, 16 July 2018

Trump sides with Russia against FBI at Helsinki summit

Trump sides with Russia against FBI at Helsinki summit

Trump sides with Russia against FBI at Helsinki summit

US President Donald Trump has defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Right after face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Trump contradicted US intelligence agencies and mentioned there had been no cause for Russia to meddle in the vote.

Mr Putin reiterated that Russia had by no means interfered in US affairs.

The two guys held practically two hours of closed-door talks in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Monday.

At a news conference following the summit, President Trump was asked if he believed his personal intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to the allegations of meddling in the elections.

“President Putin says it is not Russia. I never see any explanation why it ought to be,” he replied.

US intelligence agencies concluded in 2016 that Russia was behind an effort to tip the scale of the US election against Hillary Clinton, with a state-authorised campaign of cyber attacks and fake news stories planted on social media.

Some US politicians had known as for the summit to be cancelled following 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted last week by US special counsel Robert Mueller, accused of hacking the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Speaking on Monday, President Putin supplied to let US investigators to visit Russia to query the officers.

He created it clear that, in return, Russia would want equivalent access to folks in the US it suspects of criminal activity.

President Trump stated Mr Putin had been “very powerful and potent in his denial” of any election meddling.

Trump targets opponents back house

Evaluation by Jonathan Marcus, BBC diplomatic correspondent

Prior to their encounter began Mr Putin was already winning on points, by the mere reality that President Trump was meeting him in the 1st place.

But although Mr Putin came more than as the seasoned expert, eager to present his country as an equivalent to the US in terms of getting a nuclear superpower an energy provider and a important actor in the Middle East, Mr Trump seemed a lot more intent on castigating his opponents back residence.

A lot of the concerns focused on Russia’s intrusion into the US election campaign (the regarded as position of the crucial US intelligence agencies) and specifically the indictment by the Mueller probe of 12 Russian intelligence agents.

Mr Trump would have none of it. He visibly seemed happier with Mr Putin’s assurances than he did with the evidence of his personal intelligence agencies. And he even welcomed Mr Putin’s suggestion that Russia could join the investigation and interview the alleged perpetrators itself! Washington’s Nato allies and a lot of seasoned observers on Capitol Hill should have been watching in horror.

Mr Putin described the Helsinki meeting as “candid and beneficial” even though Mr Trump mentioned there had been “deeply productive dialogue”.

Mr Trump mentioned US-Russia relations had “never ever been worse” than prior to they met, but that had now changed.

Both leaders also stated they would perform with each other to support resolve the Syrian crisis. The US and Russia back opposing sides in the eight-year-old civil war.

“Our militaries have gotten along much better than our political leaders for a number of years and we get along in Syria too,” Mr Trump said.

He added that the US wanted to increase humanitarian aid to the Syrian individuals.

Published at Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:49:35 +0000

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