John Bolton: Putin Invited to Visit Washington in Early '19

США можуть накласти більше санкцій на Росію – Болтон

John Bolton: Putin Invited to Visit Washington in Early '19

Russian denies any election meddling. Many political pundits felt that the President had sided with the Russians over his own intelligence agencies and called for stronger words from the 45th president.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been officially invited by the White House for a bilateral visit to the United States in early 2019, said National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been invited to visit Washington next year, U.S. officials said.

It was not immediately clear if Putin had accepted the invitation.

Days after the Helsinki meeting, Trump asked Bolton to invite Putin to Washington in the fall but the invitation further fueled controversy and the invitation was quickly pushed back until next year.

Putin said Russian Federation has not broken the treaty and accused the U.S. of violating the agreement.

Mr Putin and Mr Trump held a summit in Helsinki in July amid sharp differences over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the United States 2016 presidential election. The then-President George W. Bush had termed it "a new day in the long history of Russian-American relations, a day of progress and a day of hope".

Russia denies meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, sending soldiers and equipment to eastern Ukraine, and has rejected Western allegations it was behind the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain. Trump came under fire following that summit for a perceived cozying up to Putin.

Besides, the leaders are to meet briefly in Paris next month, attending the centennial memorial service for the Armistice Day, which marked the end of the First World War on November 11, 1918. Russia, on the other hand, has contended it's in compliance with the accord.

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