Putin sees Trump as "counterpart" at upcoming talks
14 July, 2018, 00:57 | Author: Kim Reid
President Trump has signaled that he will take a much softer approach to his bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin than he did with USA allies at this week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and in London - something that experts and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle warned plays right into the hands of the Kremlin.
"These indictments are further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement Friday.
On Monday, President Trump will meet in Helsinki with Russian president Vladimir Putin, in a summit intended, as much as anything, to further a friendship Trump has desperately desired at least since he tweeted "will he become my best friend?" five years ago. "The president should not look at them as a competitor we need to get closer to". We'll be talking about other parts of the Middle East.
"I will absolutely bring that up", Trump said of Russian meddling.
Trump has touted the summit as an opportunity to reduce tensions, inflamed by Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, its military backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which turned the tide of the Syrian civil war in 2015, and accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.
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But Arizona Sen. John McCain - a frequent critic of both Trump and Putin - said in a statement Friday: "If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward". Putin has denied meddling in the election when Trump raised it before.
While nobody on either side expects big breakthroughs, including on USA sanctions, the summit is seen by Moscow as United States recognition of Russia's status as a great power and an overdue U.S. realisation that its interests must be taken into account. They build on what the Obama administration did after USA intelligence agencies concluded Moscow interfered in the 2016 election.
Based on his track record, some Democrats said they weren't sure whether Trump should be trusted to hold talks with Putin.
The announcement that Mueller obtained indictments of the 12, all members of Russia's military intelligence agency, came three days before Trump and Putin are to meet.
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But in Russian Federation, where the political system is obsessed with hierarchy, status and displays of raw power, Putin has "already got his victory", said Andrey Kortunov, head of RIAC, a foreign policy think-tank close to the Foreign Ministry.
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Indeed, very little happened in Brussels that had not been planned well in advance; apart from Trump sparking an unscheduled discussion about defense spending.
Despite Russia's semi-pariah status among some Americans and United States allies, the Kremlin has always been trying to arrange a summit, betting that Putin and Trump will get on well and stop a sharp downwards spiral in bilateral ties.
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