Bolton says he raised US election meddling with Putin

Bolton says he raised US election meddling with Putin

While meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian officials in Moscow to set up a one-on-one meeting between Putin and President Trump, White House national security adviser John Bolton says Putin claimed the "Russian state" was not involved in efforts to meddle in the 2016 US election or ongoing efforts to influence the November midterm elections.

Graham said he was troubled by Trump's claim Russia did not meddle in the 2016 USA elections despite intelligence agencies saying the "highest levels" of the Russian government approved activities that led up to Trump's victory.

The summit with Putin comes amid FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

"That's not the position of the United States", Bolton said.

Asked by reporters on Air Force One whether reports about him dropping Washington's longstanding opposition to the annexation were true, Trump said, "We're going to have to see". The President of the United States Donald trump did not rule out the recognition of the Crimea "Russian region", reports The Globe and Mail, writes the with reference to the Correspondent.

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

'We don't want anybody tampering with elections, ' he said.

When he finished, Wallace said, "Well, you say some of the things that we listed, these were all obviously reported, some of them were clearly true". In Canada, he reportedly told the other leaders Crimea, which Putin of course seized, is Russian because everybody who lives there speaks Russian.

This would be Mr Trump's first summit with Mr Putin, even though the leaders have met twice in the last one and half year.

But Trump has long supported warmer relations with Russian Federation, and Western diplomats based in Washington have begun to fear that he could make major concessions in Helsinki.

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will meet in the Finnish capital Helsinki on July 16.

The Obama administration, along with the European Union and individual allied countries, imposed sanctions on Russian Federation over Crimea, and even members of Trump's Cabinet have said they will not be lifted until the situation is resolved.

In early 2014, with areas of Ukraine falling into chaos in the wake of a Kiev street revolt that ousted a pro-Russian president, "irregular" Russian troops seized Crimea.

"Given the nature of the Russian system, I don't think we're going to find out until the two leaders get together".

The July 16 US-Russia summit in Helsinki could reset a relationship dogged by decades of risky rivalry.

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