Putin, Trump to meet in Vietnam

Putin, Trump to meet in Vietnam

Putin is terrified that the United States will interfere in next year's presidential election as payback for claims Russian Federation influenced the 2016 race for the White House.

"That's what worries me: the Olympic Games should start in February, and we have presidential elections in March".

The federation said that Alexei Petukhov, Evgenia Shapovalova, Maxim Vylegzhanin and Yulia Ivanova were stripped of their medals won in Sochi in 2014 and banned for life from the Olympics.

Putin told factory workers in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk: "In response to our alleged interference in their election, they want to create problems for the election of the president of Russian Federation".

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump will meet Friday in Vietnam, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told Russian news agencies on Thursday.

Putin has not said whether he will contest the March election but few analysts say they believe he will pass up the chance to extend his Kremlin term to 2024. "There are very big suspicions that all this is being done to create an atmosphere of discontent among sports fans and athletes that is necessary for someone, that the state was allegedly implicated in violations and it is responsible for this", Putin told workers of the Chelyabinsk compressor plant. In all, six Russian skiers have been found guilty by an International Olympics Committee commission.

Russian Federation has vehemently denied allegations of interfering in the USA election past year that brought Trump to power.

The four were named in the McLaren report last December, which alleges that a state-sponsored doping programme existed in Russian Federation between 2011 and 2015.

Trump's election inspired hopes here of improved relations with Washington, but that optimism has vanished amid the US inquiries into the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 campaign.

The United States and Russian Federation are nearing an agreement on arrangements for Syria as the Islamic State group nears defeat.

By portraying the doping scandal as a conspiracy of anti-Russian forces, with the United States in the lead, Putin might be hoping to turn Russians anger from the Kremlin to the usual enemies in the West.

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