Trump and spy chiefs clash over Putin visit

Blanche Robertson
July 21, 2018

"The Russian Defense Ministry is ready for practical implementation of the agreements in the sphere of global security reached by Russian and US Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, at their Monday's summit in Helsinki", the Russian embassy tweeted.

The Russian ambassador was cited as saying it would be good to organize a meeting between Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and USA counterpart James Mattis, adding that a group of US lawmakers are also planning to visit Russia.

On Thursday Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to a second meeting with Putin.

Netanyahu finalized the terms with Putin during his visit to Moscow last week.

She said Trump's "frightened fawning over Putin is an embarrassment and a grave threat to our democracy".

Trump clarified his remarks at the White House on Tuesday, saying that he misspoke and accepts the intelligence community's conclusions.

A White House official said the next Trump-Putin meeting would address national security concerns they discussed in Helsinki, including Russian meddling.

"All I can do is ask the question - my people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation".

In Moscow, Antonov said it was important to "deal with the results" of their first summit before jumping too fast into a new one.

Speaking with CNBC on Thursday, the United States president said that he would become Putin's "worst enemy" if his dealings with Russian Federation failed to produce results.

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What agreements? What "sphere of global security"?

The Russian government has been somewhat more forthcoming.

But, he added, "Russia was always open to such proposals". In a similar incident, Trump offered a simple "no" after being asked by a reporter if Russian Federation was "still targeting" the United States. Approximately 140,000 innocent civilians have been displaced by the fighting and remain trapped and in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the U.N. High Commission on Refugees.

The transfers come under a surrender deal agreed this week between Russian Federation and Syrian rebels in Quneitra province that will see the sensitive zone on the Israeli border fall back under regime control.

Israel has warned it will not tolerate the military presence of Iran and its proxies in Syria and has carried out airstrikes against Iranian targets.

U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats seemed to have been in the dark about Russian President Vladimir Putin's White House invitation.

But overall, it's a deal that Israel can live with and that establishes a framework for Israeli relations with its powerful new neighbor - Russian Federation.

"If that doesn't work out, I'll be the worst enemy he's ever had", Trump said in an interview with CNBC anchor Joe Kernen on Thursday. Tragically, there's no clear message from the Trump administration on what those are.

However, US headlines accused Trump of "treason" and having made "tragic mistakes" during the meeting. Trump has already frozen all stabilization assistance to Syria's northeast, an area struggling to recover from years under Islamic State rule. "Obama didn't do it. Obama was a patsy for Russian Federation. For us, the case is closed", he said.

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