US President fails to rule out accepting Russian claim on Crimea

Posted July 02, 2018

Senator Lindsey Graham said he's concerned President Donald Trump is too soft on Russian Federation and warned they infiltrated the 2016 USA election and are doing it again during the 2018 midterms.

Meanwhile, on Fox News Sunday, Bolton said the topic will come up.

"In establishing that line of communication the president has very much in mind he wants to understand the Russian position and perhaps more importantly he wants Vladimir Putin to understand our positions", he continued.

They had previously met on the sidelines of a G-20 gathering in Germany and an Asian Pacific conference in Vietnam a year ago.

President Trump suggested that Russia's efforts to "sow discord or chaos" in the USA have been successful during a Fox News interview which aired Sunday.

According to a Kremlin statement published on Thursday, the two leaders are expected to discuss Russia-U.S. relations as well as top global issues.

Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that he planned to discuss Ukraine, Syria and Crimea as well as election interference when he meets with the Russian president in Helsinki, Finland, next month in a summit he said could help defuse tensions between Moscow and Washington.

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"I think he's, I think the president often says "we'll see" to show that he's willing to talk to foreign leaders about a range of issues and hear their perspective", 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.

Intelligence agencies believe Russian hackers influenced the 2016 election in favor of Trump and that the Kremlin is trying to have a similar affect on the 2018 contest. He has denied multiple times any collusion between his campaign and Moscow. Trump tweeted last week.

"They could agree on a joint statement outlining further steps from both sides to improve bilateral relations and joint action in the worldwide arena to ensure global stability and security", he said.

Just a few weeks ago, Trump met North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong Un, at a historic summit in Singapore.

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

The European Union and United States originally imposed the sanctions to penalize Russian Federation for its illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its backing of separatists fighting against the Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine.

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