Bolton says he raised United States election meddling with Putin

Will Trump speak truth to Putin? We have our doubts

With the summit between the two leaders, Putin will get praises from his counterpart thus significantly improving his and Russia's image after annexing Crimea, military conflict in Syria, and tampering with the United States elections, all that happened in the last few years. "You can only ask so many times", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One then after interacting with Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

The president's remarks came a day after he once again cast doubt on the US intelligence community's conclusion that Moscow sought to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, noting in a tweet that Russian Federation still insists that it did no such thing. I asked him again.

"There are a wide range of issues, despite the differences between us, where both President Trump and President Putin think they may be able to find constructive solutions", he said.

Trump's refusal to reaffirm the long-standing USA opposition to Russia's intervention in Ukraine will dismay European allies ahead of next month's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on July 11, just days before his meeting with Putin.

But Trump appeared more interested in denying any coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation.

"We're going to talk about Ukraine, we're going to be talking about Syria".

"The election meddling issue was definitely something we talked about", Bolton told the CBS "Face the Nation" programme.

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The tweet reopened the question of whether Trump would broach the issue with Putin during their highly anticipated summit next month in Helsinki.

The summit is to be held four days after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels, Belgium, where Trump will meet the leaders of the USA military allies. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign worked with Moscow.

"The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russian Federation and a range of national security issues", the statement said.

Russian Federation annexed the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea in 2014. "They did meddle in our election, and they're doing it again in 2018". Bolton, without directly addressing the president's comment, said that was "not the position of the United States".

Trump's apparent willingness to consider lifting penalties that were imposed on Russia in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea comes amid news reports which have cited European leaders as saying that Trump argued privately at a recent Group of Seven summit that Crimea should be part of Russia because most of the people are Russian-speaking.

Peskov explained that President Vladimir Putin is ready to discuss "all the other questions" in the "search for potential common ground".

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