Russian Federation pushing for U.S. release of suspected agent

Elias Hubbard
July 20, 2018

She said the USA hopes Putin will have the indicted Russians "come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".

Just last week, Trump told reporters in the U.K., "If we could develop a relationship which is good for Russian Federation, good for us, good for everybody, that would be great". "In the United States, in Russian Federation, or anywhere else", he said in a statement.

Trump has come in for bipartisan criticism for what many saw as his unsettling embrace of the Russian strongman this week - and his seeming disavowal of his own intelligence agencies and their assessment that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election.

"I don't think there is one member of Congress, on either side of the aisle, that believes it is remotely smart to require our former ambassador, Mr. Browder or any other person to submit to interviews by Putin's government", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said.

"I was just doing my job", Coats added.

And today, the White House has confirmed the Russian President has accepted the invitation and will visit the U.S. next fall.

Director of national intelligence Dan Coats, after learning on stage at an Aspen security conference that the president had invited the Russian president to a return summit in the American capital, offered a warning.

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called for Mr Trump to reveal what he discussed with Mr Putin.

Whatever tough policies the White House may have adopted toward Moscow also have to be weighed against Trump's rhetoric, which is consistently friendly to Putin.

Michael Dwyer  APSen. Ed Markey speaks during the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention
Michael Dwyer APSen. Ed Markey speaks during the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention

Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said Russian Federation "was always open to such proposals" and that Moscow is "ready for discussions on this subject".

Trump also accused the news media of trying to provoke a confrontation with Moscow that could lead to war, although concerns about the meeting have been raised by a broad cross-section of Republicans and Democrats. The magazine unveiled the cover online Thursday via a 19-second animated GIF that starts with Trump's face slowly morphing into Putin's, then back to Trump's, then ending with the face of a creepy Trump-Putin love child.

Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, expressed hope Thursday that "the verbal agreements between Putin and Trump will be fulfilled" - though the substance of any such understandings remain murky, not least because the main business was conducted in the two hours of discussions between the two leaders with only translators joining them.

With Trump under fierce criticism in the United States, the White House on Thursday rejected Putin's proposal that Russian authorities be present for the questioning of Americans it accuses of "illegal activities", including a former USA ambassador to Moscow.

When told again about the invitation, Mr. Coats replied, "Okay".

"We will see how things develop further, ' Mr Putin said, evoking unnamed "forces" in the U.S. trying to prevent any improvement in relations and 'putting narrow party interests above the national interest".

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Trump's goal was to "redirect" two countries "that'd been on a bad path". They were indeed demanding confrontations of Vladimir Putin and were extremely angry that the summit went well.

Trump was roundly criticised by Democrats and Republicans in Washington for siding with the Kremlin over the judgments of U.S. intelligence on whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

He meant to say, "I don't see any reason it wouldn't be Russian Federation".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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