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Russia: Putin not ready to accept Trump’s invite to Washington

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The Kremlin on Tuesday
said it’s too soon for Russian President Vladimir Putin to accept
an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the US
capital.

AP

  • The Kremlin on Tuesday said Russian President Vladimir
    Putin does not think it’s the right time to accept President
    Donald Trump’s invitation to visit Washington, DC, this
    fall.
  • The apparent snub comes the week after after Trump’s
    summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland. 
  • Trump on Tuesday shifted his position on Russian
    election interference
    again
    , claiming it’s targeting the 2018 midterms to help
    Democrats win. 

The Kremlin on Tuesday said Russian President Vladimir Putin does
not think it’s the right time to accept President Donald Trump’s
invitation to visit Washington, DC, this fall. It said the two
sides need to “let the dust settle” from the recent Trump-Putin
summit in Helsinki, Finland,
according to Reuters
.

Yuri Ushakov, a top Kremlin aide, told reporters there are
other potential venues for the two world leaders to meet in the
near future, such as a meeting with G20 leaders in Argentina set
for November.

“After the [Helsinki] summit you know what kind of
atmosphere there is around its outcome,” Ushakov said. “I think
it would be wise to let the dust settle and then we can discuss
all these questions in a business-like way. But not now.”

The apparent snub comes days after Trump expressed interest
in holding a second meeting with Putin. The president last
Thursday tweeted that
“the Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real
enemy of the people, the Fake News Media.

“I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start
implementing some of the many things discussed, including
stopping terrorism, security for Israel,
nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle
East peace, North Korea and more,” he added.

After Trump returned from the Helsinki meeting, the White
House said discussions were
“underway”
to host Putin in the nation’s
capital. 

The president faced widespread backlash over his comments
at the summit with Putin, during which he appeared to side with
the Russian leader over the US intelligence community regarding
Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The
intelligence community said Russia interfered with an aim of
aiding Trump.

Trump has since said he misspoke during the meeting and
says he agrees with the US intelligence community’s conclusion
that the Kremlin, under the direction of Putin, interfered in the
election. 

But Trump on Tuesday claimed via Twitter that Russia is
planning to interfere in the 2018 midterms
to aid Democrats
.

The US intelligence community has stated
Russia is preparing future attacks
on the US electoral
system, including the midterm elections, but has not speculated
on a possible domestic political motive. 

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