Bolton: US, Russia 'Have To Agree To Disagree On Ukraine'

Evan Vucci  AP FILEPresident Donald Trump claps as he arrives for a campaign rally

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The Russian government is prepared to refute its meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election when President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sit down for their first official summit next month, a Kremlin spokesman said Friday. We're going to be talking to Russian Federation about a lot of things.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Putin several days after he stops in Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Bolton for his part said that "direct contact between Trump and Putin is in the U.S. national interest".

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.

Trump will meet Putin in Helsinki after attending a July 11-12 summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders and a visit to Britain. He reiterated his plans to push fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to devote more of their budgets to defence. Trump tweeted last week.

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Trump has reluctantly approved the dispatch of USA anti-tank missiles to support Ukraine forces, and other senior US officials continue to insist sanctions will remain until Moscow backs down.

Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine has led to economic sanctions being placed on Moscow, but the subject will not be discussed in the Finnish capital, Peskov said.

"I don't read the way he conducted these meetings the same way", Bolton told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

"I fear his eagerness to get along with Putin might produce concessions that do not serve American national interests", Michael McFaul, ex-U.S. Ambassador to Russian Federation, recently told The New York Times. "He understands what the strategic interests are, and that's what he's trying to pursue".

Although U.S. intelligence officials have stated unequivocally that Russian agents sought to influence the 2016 presidential election, Trump has continued to cast doubt on those conclusions.

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"We'll see what Russian Federation does", Trump said. "The one thing I'd say is Trump's not doing anything to counter those forces; he is accelerating them", he said.

In early June, Russia promised "consequences" in response to Norway's plan to more than double the presence of U.S. Marines within its borders starting next year. "When they say they didn't meddle, they're lying".

Peskov explained that President Vladimir Putin is ready to discuss "all the other questions" in the "search for potential common ground".

Information for this article was contributed by David Nakamura of The Washington Post; and by Christopher Condon, Craig Torres, Huang Zhe and Mark Niquette of Bloomberg News.

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