Bolton says he raised USA election meddling with Putin

Mikhail Klimentyev  Russian Presidential Press and Information Office  TASS

The US President Donald trump called themes that they planned to discuss during the meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin on 16 July in Helsinki. Moscow and Washington confirmed the location and date of the summit simultaneously on Thursday.

President Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin, president of Russian Federation, at the opening of the G20 summit on July 7, 2017, in Hamburg, Germany.

But since becoming president, Trump has adhered to the stance taken by the United States under his predecessor Barack Obama, who said Russia's annexation of Crimea violated worldwide law.

Looking ahead to a Trump-Putin encounter, Bolton also brushed aside questions as to whether Trump had been too eager to accept the word of Kim Jong Un when he met with the North Korean leader last month, seeking to quell North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

Just before Trump goes to meet with Putin, he will sit down with 29 members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for talks that will be held in Brussels.

When interviewer Margaret Brennan expressed skepticism that a concerted campaign to aid Trump would have been done without Putin's knowledge and approval, Bolton said the notion was "worth pursuing - I'm sure the president will want to pursue it".

"We'll be talking about peace". "Let them discuss these issues and see exactly where there might be room for progress or where we find there is no room at all". "You never know about meetings what happens, right?"

"I think the president will have to pursue that further and I think that's one reason why he and President Putin need to have this conversation", he said, adding that "Vladimir Putin is the one who makes the decisions and I think our leader needs to speak with him".

If Trump raises the issue of Russia's alleged meddling in the USA elections in 2016, Putin will reiterate his position that Moscow has nothing to do with that, Peskov told a conference call with reporters.

The Kremlin, meanwhile, continues to claim that the Russian government played no role in the election. "The US does not want, that someone interfered in the elections". On Thursday before news of the summit's location, Trump backed up that claim tweeting that Russian Federation was not involved.

In the interview, Trump was asked whether he would press Putin about meddling in the election, but he declined to answer, instead raising questions about the Democratic National Committee and the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails. The two leaders have crossed paths twice since Trump began his term in office, however both times the meetings came on the sidelines of bigger summits.

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