Trump says meeting with Putin ‘even better’ than with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak to the media during a joint press conference after their summit on Monday in Helsinki

Back in Moscow, Russian authorities quickly jumped to act on Putin's overtures.

"President Trump's weakness in front of Putin was embarrassing, and proves that the Russians have something on the President, personally, financially or politically".

Trump's defence of Russian interests at the expense of European allies and the United States intelligence community is a trend that has been building for months, leaving America's closest allies bewildered.

Trump couched the summit as a triumph of diplomacy, saying he was demonstrating statesmanship by agreeing to the meeting with Putin and savaging those who have expressed concern over its timing and what might have been on the table.

Fabbri pointed out that the USA president had once again showed consistency.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., rejected the idea of "moral equivalence" between the USA and the Russian Federation.

And in that, Putin got what he went for.

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Following the press conference, Netanyahu released a statement thanking the two leaders for their commitment to Israel's security and stating that he "very much appreciates the security coordination between Israel and Russian Federation and the clear position expressed by President Putin regarding the need to uphold the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria".

Russians welcomed Putin's offer to allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interrogate Russian military intelligence officials accused of hacking the 2016 USA election campaign.

The U.S. and Russia have backed opposite sides of Syria's war, but U.S. and Russian officials are working toward an eventual deal on the balance of regional power in post-war Syria.

He said, "Don't make the relationship between Russian Federation and the United States, don't hold it hostage of this internal political struggle". "Come here, meet, discuss, and all questions will be decided in the right way".

The charges against the Russians were filed by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as Russian collusion with Donald Trump's campaign team.

Observers in Moscow remain cautious about what all this means for the long term.

Republican Senator John McCain said Trump's seeming acceptance of Putin's denial was a historical "low point" for the USA presidency and the Helsinki summit between the two leaders a "tragic mistake".

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Trump's tweets on Tuesday come after he has faced withering criticism at home and overseas for his worldwide trip in which he met North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Putin at a summit in Helsinki, Finland.

Then, of course, there is the enduring tale of the "Russia dossier", compiled by former reporters and intelligence agents, research begun initially for anti-Trump conservatives but ultimately under the sponsorship of the Clinton campaign. Putin is hoping the summit took a first step toward normalizing relations - and most importantly, persuading the U.S.to acknowledge Moscow's influence over its former Soviet neighbors and recognize Russian Federation as a global player whose interests must be taken into account.

"I really hope the President today clarifies this because I don't think this pro-Russia stuff is necessarily in his heart", Kinzinger said.

One of Trump's own Senators accused the President of making America look like "a pushover" by refusing to stand up to Putin.

The story was far from flattering, suggesting an ego so boundless as to substitute personal myth for plain reality - not to mention the national interest.

In a shopping area near Red Square, Muscovites tired of years of U.S.

"NATO's eastern flank needs to be strengthened because Russia's aggressive policy has not, unfortunately, ended", Morawiecki said. "It's getting warmer", said Ludmila Georgeva, smiling and squinting against the summer sun. But as to impeachment, we'll see how this plays out. "And our grandchildren, even better". Putin told Fox News commentator Chris Wallace.

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