Will Trump press Putin on election meddling denials?

Mikhail Klimentyev  Russian Presidential Press and Information Office  TASS

Mikhail Klimentyev Russian Presidential Press and Information Office TASS

"It was stated clearly by our side that the Russian state hasn't interfered with the US domestic politics, moreover hasn't interfered in the 2016 election", a Kremlin representative said.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump board Air Force One as they depart for Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, from Morristown, New Jersey, July 1, 2018.

He said Putin said: "There was no meddling in 2016 by the Russian state". "That's why the president is going to speak with him about it again".

Trump said on Wednesday in the Oval Office that topics like Syria and Ukraine might be discussed.

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.

The Republican president said he would raise the issue of election meddling with Putin as well as Russia's role in Syria and Ukraine.

Explaining to Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that the summit would be "somewhat unstructured" so as to skip "the pressure of immediate deadlines or crises", Bolton said that he didn't think that Trump has conceded his leverage over the election meddling issue by accepting Russia's innocence on Twitter.

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The two leaders will meet on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, where they will discuss relations between the two countries as well as "national security issues", the White House has said.

Trump was noncommittal when asked if he might lift sanctions imposed on Russian Federation, telling reporters: "We'll see what Russian Federation does". Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign worked with Moscow.

A Cabinet minister said they worry Trump would want to burnish his deal-maker credentials by outlining a plan to reduce military presence around Europe's Eastern boundaries. Trump should confront Putin with the "overwhelming" evidence, Graham said. "When they say they didn't meddle, they're lying".

Earlier in June, Bolton visited Moscow to prepare for the meeting, trump and Putin.

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". "Spain, France, it's unfair what they've done to the United States".

The summit is being seen by some as an attempt by Putin to try to lift some of the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation after it annexed Crimea in 2014, its support of Ukrainian separatists and alleged meddling in the 2016 United States presidential elections.

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