Trump defends efforts to build a rapport with Putin

In Counter To Russian Influence US Gives $200 Million Aid To Ukraine

Putin's proposal would have enabled Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors to speak with Russians they've accused of hacking during the 2016 United States presidential election, in exchange for Russian investigators questioning United States officials, such as former ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul and businessman Bill Browder, who is suspected of financial misdeeds in Russia.

"We will see how things develop further", Mr Putin said, evoking unnamed "forces" in the United States trying to prevent any improvement in relations and "putting narrow party interests above the national interest".

According to him, the key to ensuring security and stability in Europe lies in boosting cooperation and restoring trust "rather than in establishing new military bases and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military infrastructure near Russia's borders, which is what is happening now", Putin said.

On Monday, Trump appeared to accept Putin's denial of Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 presidential election at their joint press conference in Helsinki, sparking uproar in Washington.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shake hands during the joint press conference.

"Well I would, because he's in charge of the country", he said.

Putin's comments come as Trump still faces condemnation on both sides of the political aisle after his fawning press conference in Helsinki with the Russian leader.

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President Donald Trump has invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to the USA for talks later this year, the White House has announced, days after he faced a bipartisan backlash for his comments after his first summit with the Russian leader in Helsinki.

Russian Federation has long sought to pressure the U.S. into expanding the scope of arms control talks.

This would include Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Moscow, who has gotten on the wrong side of the Kremlin by criticizing Russia's human rights record. "But no one expected that", Putin said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and five other senators urged Trump in a letter to send Huntsman, Defense Secretary James Mattis and a top intelligence community leader to explain to lawmakers how they will continue to advance American interests after the Helsinki summit. "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'". "It wasn't always conciliatory in that meeting", Trump said, without elaborating.

In his first comments about the summit, Putin insisted that Russian Federation remains "open to contacts with the U.S".

"We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russian Federation".

Putin's comments were a thinly veiled criticism of the uproar that has followed the Helsinki summit in the USA, where Trump had come under attack from both Republicans and Democrats, as well as in the news media, for what critics have said was his failure to publicly confront Putin over Russia's meddling in the 2016 US election. "Obviously, I wish he'd made a different statement". Besides that initiative to make progress on arms controls, it was unclear what agreements Putin was referring two in Thursday's speech. The caption, accompanied by a winking emoji, said: "When you can't wait to meddle in someone's elections - Russian diplomats going to work at MID".

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