US President Donald Trump opened his much-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin by raising concerns about Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
“They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject,” Tillerson said after the two leaders met for two hours on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
“The president pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement, as I think he has in the past,” he said.
The situation in the Ukraine, Syria, as well as cyber security were discussed at the meeting, the Russian president told reporters after his talks with Trump ended.
“We’ve had a very long discussion with the US president. Many issues accrued, including Ukraine, Syria and other problems, as well as some bilateral issues,” Putin said.
“Fighting terrorism, cyber security” were also on the table, the Russian leader added.
He was speaking ahead of his next meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Putin also apologized on behalf of himself and Trump for keeping Abe waiting for the meeting, as the Putin-Trump talks lasted more than an hour longer than planned.
“President Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it’s going very well,” Trump told the media during the photo session.
“We’ve had some very, very good talks, we are going to have a talk now and obviously that will continue,” Trump added, saying there are hopes of “a lot of very positive things happening.”
“It’s an honor to be with you, thank you,” Trump concluded, offering his hand to Putin.
“Spasibo [thank you],” the US leader added in Russian. How dare he utter a non-english word, he is clearly not a Russian, but a Soviet Spy… watch CNN, they will cover this for the next four months!