Trump and Putin in First Face to Face Meeting

United States President Donald Trump has had his highly anticipated first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the meeting, which was also attended by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, covered a range of topics including the accusations that Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Tillerson talked about the discussion on the US election, saying it took up a considerable length of time.

“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,”

Mr Lavrov said that Mr Trump has accepted assurances from Mr Putin that Russia did not meddle in the US election.

“President Trump said that he had heard the clear statements from President Putin about this being untrue, that the Russian leadership did not interfere in the election, and that he accepts these statements,” he said.

Just a day earlier Mr Trump had said that Russia, as well as other countries had probable meddled in the election.

“I think it was Russia and I think it could have been other people and other countries” he said.

“I won’t be specific but I think a lot of people interfere, I think it has been happening for a long time, it’s been happening for many many years.”

The meeting was described as ‘robust and lengthy’ by Mr Tillerson, who also said that the Russians had asked for ‘proof and evidence’ of their involvement meddling in the election.

Both presidents have been vague about the topics that were discussed in the more than two hour long meeting, though it is known they discussed a ceasefire deal regarding south-western Syria, reached by the US and Russia.

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