Putin praises Trump and hails new era of co-operation
Financial Times ^ | July 8, 2017 | Guy Chazan and Demetri Sevastopulo
Posted on 07/08/2017 10:04:02 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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Vladimir Putin hailed a fresh start in the badly battered US-Russia relationship, after a first meeting with Donald Trump at the G20 summit, which he said had set the scene for a new era of closer co-operation between Moscow and Washington.
Mr Putin praised the US president, saying the “real Trump is completely different from the TV Trump” and describing him as “sane” and “concrete” in his responses.
“If we can build a relationship along the lines of our conversation yesterday, then there is every reason to believe we can restore, at least to a certain degree, the level of co-operation we need,” he told reporters after the conclusion of the summit.
US-Russia relations plumbed new lows under Barack Obama, amid US anger over Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its support for Russian-speaking separatists in eastern Ukraine, as well as its armed intervention to bolster Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
But they deteriorated even further after US intelligence concluded that the Kremlin was behind last year’s cyber attacks on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
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