Putin demands Russia be included in probe of Russian ex-spy's poisoning

Elias Hubbard
April 4, 2018

"However, he also asserted that he believes the US should try to get along with Russian Federation, stating, "[Getting along with Russia] is a good thing, not a bad thing".

"As the president himself confirmed on March 20, hours after his last call with President Putin, the two had discussed a bilateral meeting in the "not-too-distant future" at a number of potential venues, including the White House", Sanders said.

"After the conversation, which was constructive and business-like and touched upon many issues, there was another breakdown in our bilateral relations, 60 diplomats were expelled, our consulate was closed and Russian Federation had to give a tit-for-tat response to that", Ushakov said.

Telephone conversation trump and Putin was initiated by the American side.

"I think I could have a very good relationship with President Putin", Trump said. "We want to be allowed into this investigation and we count on receiving relevant materials as the issue involves citizens of the Russian Federation", Putin said.

British counter-terrorism police say they believe Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter were poisoned with Novichok - an agent first developed by the Soviet military - that had been left on the front door of their home in Salisbury. The Baltic states are seen as a bulwark against Russian aggression in Eastern Europe.

Also happening Tuesday, President Trump will host the leaders of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania at the White House.

Less than meets the eye?

And when Trump spoke to Putin by phone, he did not mention either active measures nor the nerve agent poisoning in Britain, prompting opponents to ask how many of Trump's actions were real and how many were just a veneer.

Trump has said maintaining a strong personal relationship with Putin is in the USA interest and has signaled to allies that he trusts his own instincts in dealing with the Russian president.

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