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Ahead of Trump-Putin meeting, lack of preparation leads to low expectations: Sources Trump calls the European Union, Russia, and China 'foes' of the US
Ellis Copeland | 18 July, 2018, 22:11

Diplomatic analysts have speculated that Trump and Putin could reach a "grand bargain" in which the Russian leader would support efforts to limit Tehran's regional meddling and curb its ballistic missile program, in return for United States acceptance of Russia's rights in Crimea.

"There are enough of them for us to start paying attention", he said, sitting next to Trump before they shook hands. But that doesn't mean they are bad.

The summit began just hours after Trump blamed the United States - and not Russian election meddling or its annexation of Crimea - for a low-point in U.S. -Russia relations.

"I really think the world wants to see us get along", Trump said at the meeting's outset.

Trump came under fire for his performance in the press conference, with critics on both sides of the political aisle slamming his handling of questions about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election. "He said it straight away as soon as I told him to!"

Trump said the U.S. and Russian Federation "have not been getting along well for the last number of years, getting close to two years".

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Both presidents are obsessed with dominance and projecting machismo, but on Monday Trump waffled beside a stone-faced Putin and shrunk from confrontation when an Associated Press reporter asked Trump whether he believes USA intelligence officials or Putin.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton expressed similar sentiment about the Trump-Putin relationship. Russian Federation was suspended from the group in 2014 in response to its illegal annexation of Crimea.

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Earlier in March this year, the two leaders held a telephonic conversation, where President Trump had invited his Russian counterpart to visit Washington DC.

In 2014, he was hours late for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after his previous stop in Serbia lasted longer than usual, involving a protracted military parade.

The US President did not mention election meddling in his opening comments although he has repeatedly said previously that he would bring it up with Putin.

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats responded by stating that the intelligence assessment of Russia's "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy" has been clear and has been presented to Trump in an unvarnished and objective fashion.

"He just said it's not Russia", Trump said during a news conference following talks between the two leaders.

There have been calls in the U.S. for Mr Trump to cancel the meeting following the indictments of Russian military intelligence agents, which were announced on Friday. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".

The private session was to be followed by a bigger meeting including the two presidents' senior aides and advisers.

He said: "We'll be talking about Syria".

US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman also downplayed expectations, saying the two leaders were merely going to have a "conversation" rather than a "summit". The White House wouldn't immediately confirm the timing.

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