Bolton to Putin: Let's 'Agree We Disagree' on Ukraine

US President Donald Trump met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the opening of the G20 summit in July 2017 in Hamburg

Bolton to Putin: Let's 'Agree We Disagree' on Ukraine

"We'll see what Russia does", Trump said, reiterating that the goal of his upcoming meeting with Putin is to improve relations between the U.S. and the Russian Federation, which are at a post-Cold War low. "We don't want anybody tampering with elections", Trump said. "I think we're going to have a lot of support", he said. I asked him again.

"The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russian Federation and a range of national security issues", the statement said.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday", Bolton said the summit would be "somewhat unstructured", especially during the leaders' one-on-one time, to avoid "the pressure of immediate deadlines or crises".

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.

He said that "serious preparation" was underway for the planned meeting between the two leaders but gave few new details on the agenda.

Less than two weeks before a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump again struck a combative tone Sunday toward traditional USA allies, issuing a spate of fresh warnings on trade and declaring that "we spend a fortune on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

Both sides have played down expectations of what the talks can hope to produce, saying the fact that Trump and Putin are meeting at all is an achievement in itself.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 contest.

The president has repeatedly questioned the actions of the FBI in connection with their investigation of Clinton's email use.

Putin last month said patriotic Russian hackers may have staged cyber attacks against countries that had strained relations with Moscow and denied state intervention - a departure from the Kremlin's previous denials of any Russian interference.

"The idea that Russian Federation did not meddle in our election is fake news", Graham said. Trump should confront Putin with the "overwhelming" evidence, Graham said. "It was stated clearly by our side that the Russian state hasn't interfered with the USA domestic politics, moreover hasn't interfered in the 2016 election", a Kremlin representative said.

"He said he didn't meddle. 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". "Show him the evidence you've got, Mr. President, because it's overwhelming". "It was during President Obama's term in office."White House national security adviser John Bolton on Sunday said he discussed Crimea with Putin during his June 27 visit to Moscow".

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