Trump to discuss Syria, Ukraine with Putin

US special counsel Robert Mueller is leading the investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 US

AP US special counsel Robert Mueller is leading the investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election

Trump and Putin will discuss "the current state and prospects of further development of Russian-US relations and also vital issues of the worldwide agenda", the Kremlin press service said.

"We're going to talk about Ukraine, we're going to be talking about Syria".

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His comments come just one day after Trump himself told reporters aboard Air Force One that "we'll be talking about elections".

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Bolton said Trump often uses "we'll see" to show "that he's willing to talk to foreign leaders about a range of issues and hear their perspective". Graham said he is glad the two are meeting but expressed fears that Trump won't truly confront Russian President Vladimir Putin on Syria and ISIS during their upcoming July 16 summit meeting in Helsinki, Finland.

"I don't read the way he conducted these meetings the same way", Bolton said.

Previously, sanctions had been imposed during the administration of President Barack Obama in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the conflict in Ukraine. Still wary, Bolton said the following. Trump denies any collusion and has called the probe a "witch hunt". Last week, he tweeted that "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with meddling in our election", while at the same time attacking the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump later tweeted, "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families".

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Several members of the president's national security team had cautioned against meeting with Putin after what is expected to be a tense summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners the prior week.

The US intelligence community concluded in January 2017 that Russian Federation attempted to influence the November 8 elections and help then-candidate Trump to win against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

"The president determined that, despite the political noise in the USA, direct communication between him and President Putin was in the interest of the United States, in the interest of Russian Federation, and in the interest of peace and security around the world", Bolton said.

"Right, but saying "we'll see" suggests it might be", Brennan added.

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Accepting that Crimea is never to return to Ukrainian control would be a major concession to Russian Federation, which is languishing under tough global trade sanctions over its actions. The President of the United States Donald trump did not rule out the recognition of the Crimea "Russian region", reports The Globe and Mail, writes the with reference to the Correspondent.

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