Bolton: U.S., Russia 'Have To Agree To Disagree On Ukraine'

First Trump Putin summit has Cold War backdrop US allies nervous

Bolton: U.S., Russia 'Have To Agree To Disagree On Ukraine'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpScaramucci warns Trump must "change tactics now" on trade Trump sought to purchase historic Scottish building for hotel: report Republican wins right to replace Farenthold in Congress MORE said on Friday that he will press Russian President Vladimir Putin on Moscow's meddling during their meeting later this month.

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

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

On June 29, Trump declined to rule out recognizing Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. Bolton said he brought up both the 2016 election and Russian activities in upcoming congressional elections.

Bolton said that was different from the Russians saying there was no meddling at all.

"That's not the position of the United States", Bolton said. And he has called the FBI's investigation into potential Russian co-ordination with his campaign a "witch hunt" created to delegitimize his presidency.

On Thursday, the CNN quoted unnamed sources as saying that Trump believes he can strike a deal with Putin on a so-called exclusion zone in southwest Syria that will allow the United States to "get out ASAP".

At a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit past year, Trump scolded leaders for the cost of the gleaming new Brussels headquarters and for not paying enough to support NATO's defense. This week, he tweeted: 'Russia continues to say they have nothing to do with meddling in our election.' And the Pentagon is reportedly studying pulling troops out of Germany. An Arab diplomat told CBS News that Russian Federation specifically wants the give up its base of operations in al Tanf, Syria.

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

"The president wants a strong NATO", Bolton said.

And he said: "We are going to talk about Ukraine, we're going to talk about Syria".

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. "That's not the position of the United States", he told CBS on July 1.

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