Trump fails to rule out accepting Russian claim on Crimea

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With the summit between the two leaders, Putin will get praises from his counterpart thus significantly improving his and Russia's image after annexing Crimea, military conflict in Syria, and tampering with the USA elections, all that happened in the last few years.

Bolton, who before joining the White House said on television that Putin lied to Trump, said he hasn't changed his mind about Russia's involvement. "That's why the president is going to talk to him about it again". Trump said. "I think a lot of good things can come with meetings with people".

"I don't think anybody ought to have a case of the vapors over discussions we have in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or the G-7, versus discussions we have with Putin or Kim Jong Un", Bolton said.

He gave a similar answer when he was asked if he would lift the sanctions on Russian Federation.

"We don't want anyone tampering with elections", he told reporters en route to Bedminster, N.J. for the weekend.

But ahead of the summit's official announcement on Thursday, Trump tweeted that Moscow "continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!"

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This would be Trump's first summit with Putin, even though the leaders have met twice in the last one and half year. On Thursday before news of the summit's location, Trump backed up that claim tweeting that Russian Federation was not involved.

The Helsinki summit will be Mr. Trump's 3rd set of meetings with Putin after the G20 in Hamburg in July 2017 and the APEC Summit in Da Nang, in November 2017.

Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation by the United States in response, and its military intervention in the war in Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad are major causes of strain in the two countries' relations.

The special counsel, USA intelligence agencies, and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee all have concluded that Russian Federation did try to influence the election through a social media campaign and other efforts. So I'm glad the president is going to confront Putin. Putin was expelled from the global group in 2014 after Russian Federation moved troops into eastern Ukraine and annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. "When they say they didn't meddle, they're lying". "That's not the position of the United States", he told CBS on July 1.

Asked by reporters on Air Force One late on June 29 whether reports about him dropping Washington's longstanding opposition to the annexation were true, Trump said: "We're going to have to see".

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