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Trump did not back water on Ukraine - Poroshenko

Trump did not back water on Ukraine - Poroshenko

Putin referenced a joint treaty agreement between the US and Russia, and threw out the idea at a freakish press conference with President Donald Trump where Trump appeared to accept his "strong" denial of Russian meddling in the USA elections.

Putin also suggested Monday that Moscow and Washington could jointly conduct criminal investigations into a dozen Russian intelligence officials accused of hacking during the 2016 USA election campaign - an idea Trump hailed as an "incredible offer".

Every major USA intelligence agency has concluded there was such interference by Russia during the election and the matter is the focus of a major federal investigation that has targeted not only Russians, but members of Trump's election campaign staff.

Trump couldn't let the press conference end without taking one last shot at the Justice Department's investigation into Russian election meddling.

Bob Corker said Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was probably celebrating after his joint appearance with US President Donald Trump.

"As I said today and many times before, 'I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people, ' " Trump tweeted. "I don't see any reason why it would be", he added.

"I had to repeat what I have already said many times before - the Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA's internal affairs", Putin said.

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The two men also addressed Iran, with Putin noting that Russian Federation still backed the 2015 nuclear accord that Trump quit in May, and Trump saying that the USA would "not allow Iran to benefit from our successful campaign against ISIS (Islamic State)".

The two leaders appeared relaxed at the news conference, smiling on occasion, in contrast to their sombre demeanour at the start of the day. "I think that the United States has been foolish". "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".

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The Arizona lawmakers weren't the only members of Congress to take issue with Trump's performance.

Trump called Putin's offer "incredible".

He said Mueller could "send a formal and official request" and that Russia's own law enforcement would interrogate the alleged hackers, mostly intelligence officers in the G.R.U. "So far that I know virtually none of it related to the campaign".

Instead, he denounced the "stupidity" of his own country's policies, especially the decision to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

'For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder in this particular case, ' Putin said.

"This answer by President Trump will be seen by Russian Federation as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves".

Putin then went on to suggest that the two countries should work together on the investigation, proposing that the US should send in requests for Russian law enforcement to question the 12 people indicted.

Even Trump's sometimes ally Sen.

Praising a "frank and business-like atmosphere", the Russian leader said he considered the talks "very successful and useful".

He was confident that the United States would not advocate Kiev's interests concerning the conflict in the country's east and economic issues, including gas transit and the use of the Ukrainian gas pipeline system after January 1, 2020. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake. It's disgusting-physically sickening-and it shames the United States and our elected Republican representatives who, if they don't act now, are unmistakably complicit. "And the people - and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!"