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Putin accuses U.S. forces of trying to ruin Trump summit outcome

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused forces within the United States of trying to undermine the success of his first summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, however mentioned the 2 leaders had begun to enhance U.S.-Russia ties anyway.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attends a gathering with Russian ambassadors and representatives to worldwide organisations in Moscow, Russia, July 19, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Putin and Trump sat down for his or her first summit in Helsinki on Monday, an occasion that sparked a storm of criticism within the United States after Trump refused to blame the Russian chief for meddling within the 2016 U.S. election, one thing Putin denies.

Trump later mentioned he had misspoken and accused “some people” of hating the truth that he acquired together with Putin. The White House has been struggling to include a political outcry and confusion over the summit ever since.

Putin, talking to Russian diplomats from all over the world assembled in Moscow, mentioned on Thursday the Helsinki summit had been profitable.

“It was successful overall and led to some useful agreements. Of course, let’s see how events will develop further,” he mentioned, with out disclosing the character of the agreements he referred to.

However, Putin mentioned “powerful” U.S. forces have been trying to sabotage what the summit had achieved.

“We see that there are forces in the United States that are prepared to casually sacrifice Russian-U.S. relations, to sacrifice them for their ambitions in an internal political battle in the United States.”

Those identical forces appeared prepared to sacrifice a whole lot of hundreds of U.S. jobs and damage U.S. enterprise and safety whereas waging their divisive political battle, Putin mentioned.

‘NARROW PARTY INTERESTS’

Putin didn’t identify names, however spoke of U.S. politicians who put their “narrow party interests” above one of the best pursuits of the United States and have been highly effective sufficient to have the opportunity to foist their questionable “stories” on hundreds of thousands of Americans.

He mentioned it could have been naive to count on that the Helsinki summit might have resolved issues that had constructed up over a few years within the area of a number of hours.

“Despite the difference in opinions (with Trump), we did agree that Russian-U.S. relations are in an extremely unsatisfactory state. In many respects, they are even worse than during the Cold War,” he mentioned.

But the 2 leaders had no less than made a begin when it got here to bettering relations.

“The path to positive changes has all the same begun,” mentioned Putin. “It’s important that a full-scale meeting has finally taken place allowing us to talk directly.”

Putin warned nonetheless of the hazards of Moscow and Washington failing to proceed to mend ties, saying the New START strategic arms discount treaty would expire quickly until each international locations took motion.

“If today, right now, work on extending it is not begun it will simply expire in a year and a half.”

Additional reporting by Tom Balmforth and Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Peter Graff

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