Trump did not rule out the recognition of the Crimea "Russian"

Trump praises Russia for fantastic World Cup

Trump praises Russia for fantastic World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his United States counterpart Donald Trump are set to discuss a number of "very complex" issues, including the situation in Syria, the Kremlin said on Friday.

Mattis vows "ironclad" support for South Korea's defense MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday said it is "fake news" to say that Russian Federation did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

On June 15, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, commenting on media reports alleging that US President Donald Trump said Crimea was Russian at the G7 summit, that the Crimean issue was closed for Russia. Bolton said he brought up both the 2016 election and Russian activities in upcoming congressional elections.

Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump are scheduled to hold their first one-on-one summit in Helsinki on July 16.

Bolton said he was looking forward to discussing "how to improve Russia-U.S. relations and find areas where we can agree and make progress together". Asked if the United States would recognize Russia's claim on Crimea, he said: "We're going to have to see". "Spain, France, it's unfair what they've done to the United States".

Other topics on the table are Ukraine, Syria, Crimea and issues involving former President Barack Obama, Trump told the White House press pool on Friday.

Trump was noncommittal when asked if he might lift sanctions imposed on Russian Federation, telling reporters: "We'll see what Russian Federation does".

Bolton dismissed a question about whether Trump has been more willing to criticize USA allies than authoritarian leaders of rival nations, including Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

"I don't think it's unusual for President Trump and President Putin to meet", Bolton told reporters in Moscow. "But I think having a relationship with China, Russia.it's a good thing", Mr Trump said. Trump feuded with Group of Seven leaders during a summit in Canada last month over trade, abruptly dropping support for a routine joint statement.

Accepting that Crimea is never to return to Ukrainian control would be a major concession to Russian Federation, which is languishing under tough global trade sanctions over its actions.

The long-delayed summit comes at a time when Russia-U.S. relations have deteriorated to a record level due to multiple disputes including alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and divergence in Syria and Ukraine. "We've seen how the North Koreans have behaved before.We're going to pursue this, and we'll see what happens".

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