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Who’s Thrilled With The Helsinki Summit, Besides Russia? Israel

21 July 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused forces in the United States of trying to undermine the success of his first summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, but said the two leaders had begun to improve U.S. -Russia ties anyway.

It comes after Trump held a press conference with Putin in Helsinki on Monday, in which the United States leader was accused of not pressing his Russian counterpart on the election meddling that both the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have concluded was conducted by Moscow. While answering questions from reporters, he stopped far short of condemning Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA election and appeared to hold reservations against United States intelligence reports.

But Trump has largely shrugged off the criticism and took aim at the "fake news media" Thursday for failing to recognize his achievements.

While just one third of Americans - and eight percent of Democrats - approve of Trump's handling of the Putin summit, fully 68 per cent of Republicans approve, according to the CBS poll.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has rounded on U.S. critics of his first summit with President Donald Trump.

Echoing President Trump's assessment, Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Thursday described their Helsinki summit as a success - and slammed "forces" in the USA of undermining progress they made on several fronts. In his first public comment on it, Putin on Thursday declared it "successful". "Of course, let's see how events will develop further", he said, without disclosing the nature of the agreements he referred to.

He said for now, the U.S. mission in Syria is clear: to defeat the Islamic State group.

US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a congressional committee in February that he already had seen evidence Russian Federation was targeting US elections in November, when Republican control of the House of Representatives and Senate is at stake, plus a host of positions in state governments. Sanders' statement Thursday stands in contrast to her response in Wednesday's press briefing, when she would not rule out the possibility that the US could provide Russian Federation access to a group of Americans they have accused of being involved in a criminal plot.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly that an unlimited-range missile had been tested in late 2017, adding that work on the missile had begun after the USA announced its withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in December 2001 as a response to Washington's establishment of global missile defenses. "What!?" Pelosi exclaimed incredulously in her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, demonstrators gathered in New York City's Times Square to denounce the US President.

"A year and a half into his presidency, Trump's puzzling affinity for Putin has yet to be explained", Bennett wrote. "We made multiple attempts to reach Rep. Nunes for comment prior to publication of the winery story, and every story that we've produced about him".

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

However, Putin said "powerful" US forces were trying to sabotage what the summit had achieved. Those include joint counterterrorism efforts, Israeli security, paring both countries' nuclear arms, Ukraine, North Korea and others. It was in response to the administration's so-called "zero tolerance" policy, which resulted in children being separated from their families when they entered the USA illegally.

Trump appeared to accept Putin's denial of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, sparking uproar in Washington.

"Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation".

Who’s Thrilled With The Helsinki Summit, Besides Russia? Israel