What Trump and Putin agreed to in Helsinki

Lester Mason
Июля 21, 2018

Russian Federation on Thursday (local time) broadcast a series of videos showing the testing and operation of a new generation of nuclear and conventional weapons, days after Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump discussed how to avoid an arms race.

The White House said on Thursday that Trump had invited Putin to visit Washington this autumn, a daring rebuttal to a torrent of criticism in the United States over Trump's summit with Putin in Helsinki this week.

Russian Federation is promising to keep Iran away from Israel's borders, but as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday there is reason to doubt whether they can deliver on that.

Netanyahu has spoken and met with Putin regularly in recent years about Syria and military coordination between the two countries there, most recently during his visit to Moscow last week. "Creating safety for Israel is something that both President Putin and I would like to see very much".

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer immediately criticized the planned invitation. "Until we know what happened at that two hour meeting in Helsinki, the president should have no more one-on-one interactions with Putin".

"Once I'm back in Russian Federation, they would like to kill me", he added.

The next day, after a barrage of criticism from Republicans as well as Democrats, Mr. Trump said he misspoke and that he accepts the findings of the USA intelligence community.

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova declined to comment on Putin's reported proposal for a referendum, saying on July 20 that it was beyond her competence to comment on details of the talks between Trump and Putin.

Moscow signaled openness to another meeting between the two leaders, as Trump continued to face criticism over his first meeting with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki, where he seemed to accept Putin's denials of meddling in the 2016 election - despite findings by U.S. intelligence services. "The Russian Defense Ministry is ready for practical implementation of the agreements in the sphere of worldwide security reached by Russian and US Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, at their Monday's summit in Helsinki", the Russian embassy tweeted. Putin also talked about the Syria deal during his news conference with Trump, although few took note. On Wednesday, Trump answered "no" to a reporter's question on whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, only to have Sanders say later he was saying "no" to answering any questions - not to the question itself.

Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers grappled with Trump's conflicting statements about the summit and what they did not know: exactly what the two leaders discussed and what agreements, if any, were reached. And the Senate today voted unanimously to oppose Russian Federation talking to USA officials or US citizens and basically saying that Russian Federation shouldn't be able to question American citizens.

The US president had initially described the proposal as an "incredible offer".

During a joint press conference with Putin after their meeting in Helsinki, Trump said he didn't see "any reason" why Russian Federation would meddle, adding that Putin was "extremely strong and powerful in his denial".

Mr Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons in March in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit nearly any point in the world and evade a US-built missile shield. "Obama didn't do it. Obama was a patsy for Russian Federation". On Wednesday, he said he would hold Putin personally responsible for interfering in the election.

He tweeted Thursday the Russian Federation summit was a huge success except with the "Fake News Media", who he called "the real enemy of the people".

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