United States suggests hosting new Trump-Putin meeting in Washington in late 2018


Mr. Pompeo assured lawmakers, based on his own personal briefings of the president, that Mr. Trump accepts USA intelligence findings that Russian Federation did meddle. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) that the meeting had covered business relations between the USA and Russian Federation, terrorism and issues related to the conflict in Syria.

"So we've agreed that it will be after the first of the year", he said.

"The American people deserve answers about what they agreed to in private", said Senator Robert Menendez, top Democrat on the committee, who is working on a bipartisan bill to strengthen sanctions on Russian Federation. It later recovered most of its losses.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment about the ball.

"And then Trump came and decided differently", she said.

In a statement released by the State Department, Mr Pompeo said the USA will hold to its long-standing principle of refusing to recognise Kremlin claims of sovereignty over territory seized by force, in violation of worldwide law.

"The threat of wider sanctions has grown", the businessman told Reuters, declining to be named because of the subject's sensitivity.

Many members of Congress had objected to the two leaders meeting again later this year, saying Mr Putin would not be welcome on Capitol Hill.

The meeting's postponement comes amid several signs that the White House is seeking to assuage some of the fears over U.S. Russian policy stoked by Trump's joint appearance with Putin.

Though Moscow saw the Helsinki summit n the two leaders held last week as a success, the fiercely negative reaction by some USA politicians to Trump's performance has taken some in Russian Federation aback.

Besides McConnell and Ryan, other prominent congressional Republicans do not share Trump's upbeat views of Putin.

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Pompeo said he had personally told top Russians that there would be "severe consequences" for new interference in U.S. elections.

Mr Trump undermined the findings of United States intelligence agencies on Russian meddling in his press conference with Mr Putin but has been trying to walk back on these assertions since then.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called on Russia to "end its occupation of Crimea", pushing back against the Kremlin just over a week after President Donald Trump drew bipartisan criticism for cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As scrutiny increases of Russia's reported attempts to interfere in November's midterms, Trump will convene a National Security Council meeting Friday devoted to the issue of election security.

It was unclear how quickly that and other proposals could advance with U.S. Congress' summer recess looming.

"The president was strong in making sure that the world understood that the Minsk path is the right path forward", he said.

"You can't hold them in dollars because of sanctions".

Zakharova derided what she called the inconsistency of Washington's policies, citing as examples United States reversals on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and the Paris agreement on slowing climate change.

"In short, nobody is expecting anything good to happen".

"The first détente in the hybrid war between Russian Federation and the West was. nipped in the bud by Trump's behavior and the vehemence of his domestic critics".