Trump has previously blamed the annexation of Crimea on former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump no longer talks a lot about the stock market. The national security adviser, who was previously known as a Russia hawk, made a distinction between Putin's previous flat denial of any Russian involvement, saying that this time, the Russian leader had limited his disavowal to any state interference in the 2016 US presidential vote, implying that other actors were involved.
Earlier, the Kremlin reported that the heads of the two states will meet on July 16 in Helsinki and that the presidents will give a press conference after the meeting, where they will answer the journalists' questions.
"We'll see what Russian Federation does", Trump said. "And we hope to have some high-level meetings, perhaps we'll have to see if we'll have a chance to meet with President Putin", Shelby said during a meeting with Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko. "We'll be talking about elections ... we don't want anybody tampering with elections", Trump told reporters on Air Force One.
The announcement came after Trump's hawkish national security advisor John Bolton met Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, where he was given a warm welcome before the two discussed details of the future summit.More news: Roger Federer breezes past Lajovic in straight sets in Wimbledon first round
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At a press conference on Wednesday, National Security Adviser John Bolton told reporters he expected that the Russian meddling in USA politics also to be discussed at the summit. "I think the president will have a conversation about this and say, 'We don't want to see meddling in the 2018 election". "We'll be talking about world events", Trump said yesterday.
The president has called Mueller's probe a "witch hunt".
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". On June 29, European Union leaders extended their sanctions against Russia's banking and energy sector for another six months until the end of January.
Trump is scheduled to meet with Putin several days after he stops in Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!" he wrote. Leaders of the other G7 nations - Britain, Canada, Italy, France, Germany and Japan - have all made clear Russian Federation is not welcome back until and unless it gives Crimea back to Ukraine.
Since coming to power past year, Trump has sought to improve relations with Putin amid tensions between Moscow and the West.