Trump, Obama both to blame for Russian Federation hacking: diplomat

US, Russia agree to 'continue contacts' in Lavrov-Tillerson phone call
Trump, Obama both to blame for Russian Federation hacking: diplomat
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30 June, 2017

National security adviser HR McMaster said that the high-stakes meeting with Mr Putin is among several scheduled for when Mr Trump is in Hamburg next week.

While visiting the headquarters of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) to celebrate the 95th anniversary of Russian illegal intelligence, President Vladimir Putin underlined the challenges now faced by Russia.

Two former officials tell the Guardian that Trump has asked National Security Council staff for "deliverables" he can bring to Putin during their meeting.

Trump raised Russian hackles this week when the White House said it appeared the Syrian military was preparing to conduct a chemical weapons attack and warned that Assad and his forces would "pay a heavy price" if it did so.

Trump will be under pressure to side with the US intelligence agencies and press Putin on the issue of election meddling, something he has thus far been reluctant to do.

"They will meet" on the sidelines of the G20, Mr Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, but added that "no preparations" are being made for any separate meeting at the moment.

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The effort could provide another sticking point between Trump and Putin, who have spoken three times by phone but not yet held in-person talks.

Trump has staunchly denied that he had any contacts with Russian Federation during his campaign.

The U.S. -Russian relationship deteriorated during Obama's eight years in office and Trump frequently said that he was hopeful of improving American ties with Russia.

"One may state that the two largest nuclear powers still have not started normal joint efforts aimed at mending their bilateral interaction, which is now in a deep crisis", Yury Ushakov said in a speech at the Primakov Readings conference in Moscow.

"We assume that contact will take place, as the two presidents will at the same time be in one town, in one building, in one room", Lavrov said. "Washington's view has been distorted by the hatred against Russian Federation that engulfed numerous politicians".


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