Trump Plans to Raise Russian Election-Meddling With Putin

US congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

'The president will drive the discussion on malign activity and election meddling.

For his part, Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin welcomed the delegation and thanked U.S. ambassador in Russia Jon Huntsman for the "initiative of inter-parliamentary dialogue".

"Everyone in our alliance has the same goal, and that is a strong deterrent; an alliance that is unified that can face any threats that any one of our 29 members might face", she said, listing "Russia and the malign activities of Russian Federation, the efforts of Russian Federation to divide our Democratic nations" and INF treaty violations as among those threats.

Relations between Russia and the US have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War times over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election. "But the fact of the matter is that we have not had the kind of conversations - direct conversations, across-the-table conversations - about things like election meddling and malign activity that really do need to take place".

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The US senators are due to meet with the upper house of the Russian parliament later Tuesday.

"The meeting between Putin and Trump is being prepared by the experts on both sides". "He's trying to cast doubt on the intelligence community's assessment about that".

Under close scrutiny during his first sit-down with a leader he praised during the elections, Trump will revisit the topic again. When asked by reporters Saturday whether he would consider recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea, Trump said that "we'll have to see".

"What we want from the United States - we want just only respect of our national interest", he stated.

For his part, Trump has left open the question of changing the US position on Crimea. John Thune, R-S.D., center, and Sen.

'I think it's a given in the United States, in both parties, that Russian Federation tried to meddle and probably did meddle in the election, ' Shelby said. 'It was simply a denial on their part that it occurred, ' he said. The US delegation is in Russian Federation until Thursday, ahead of the summit planned in Helsinki on July 16, at a time of high tension between Russian Federation and the West.

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