Former US ambassador slams Trump for doubting Russian Federation hacked US

Violet Powell
June 30, 2017

Kissinger met U.S. President Donald Trump last month, and Putin and Trump are expected to meet on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty summit in Germany next week, in what would be their first face-to-face meeting since Trump became president.

The face-to-face conversation has been organised amid an ongoing FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian officials during last year's USA election, as well as Congressional investigations into Russia's meddling in the presidential campaign.

"The G20 summit will be a huge event, and we hope that on the sidelines of the summit we will have an opportunity to connect you with the United States president", Gabriel said at a Kremlin meeting with the Russian leader.

National security adviser HR McMaster said that the high-stakes meeting with Mr Putin is among several scheduled for when Mr Trump is in Hamburg next week.

"We have no specific agenda", Mr McMaster said during a briefing on the trip, which includes a stop in Warsaw.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation engaged in widespread interference in last year's presidential election aimed at helping Trump win the White House.

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Russian Federation has denied such assertions and Trump has dismissed them as sour grapes by Democrats disappointed about his surprise victory in November.

But Lavrov added that it would "probably not be right" if Putin and Trump did not talk at the G20 summit of world economic powers.

Rep. Jim Himes (D., Conn.) believes that President Barack Obama did not do enough to respond to Russian hacking in the 2016 presidential election. US officials, however, were uneasy about the idea.

Last week the Washington Post reported that the Central Intelligence Agency had top-level intelligence last August that Putin personally ordered an operation to help Trump win the USA presidential race.

He said it was traditional at such events that leaders crossed paths.

Such concessions could include returning two diplomatic compounds in the United States to Russian Federation or lessening sanctions.

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