Trump, Putin hail ‘first steps’ toward mending ties

RFE/RL recaps Monday’s Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, after which both leaders suggested they had taken first steps toward mending ties between the U.S. and Russia. After Putin showed up late, delaying the start of the meeting, the two leaders met one-on-one with just translators present, followed by a working lunch that included senior officials from both sides. After the meetings, Trump said he raised the issue of Russia allegedly meddling in the U.S. election and spent a great deal of time talking about it, but did not denounce Moscow over the matter. During the post-summit press conference, Trump made no mention of Crimea or the war in Eastern Ukraine. Putin, however, said Trump stood firmly behind Washington’s position that Moscow’s annexation of Crimea was illegitimate. The leaders also discussed Syria and arms control, though no treaty or concrete agreement was established.

 

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