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Putin slams US forces ready to 'sacrifice' Russia-US ties

Putin slams US forces ready to 'sacrifice' Russia-US ties

However, Mr Putin said "powerful" U.S. forces were trying to sabotage what the summit had achieved.

A day earlier, Sanders said the White House was entertaining the proposal raised by Putin in his summit talks with Trump on Monday.

In a separate tweet, Trump also said the "Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russian Federation, even a confrontation that could lead to war".

He added: "Some people hate the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation".

Russia, while developing its foreign policy toward the United States, should consider the efforts of a "quite powerful" group in Washington that seeks to undermine good relations between the countries, Putin said Thursday.

He also lashed out at Europe and US-dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying Russian Federation would hit back with an "equivalent response" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bases near Russia's borders and other "aggressive steps". Does President Trump support that idea? "I'm not sure we can change his mind about it, but I'll tell you, we can pass a law that does something about it".

'It should have been obvious, I thought it would have been obvious, but I would like to clarify just in case it wasn't. But on Tuesday, after facing harsh criticism (even from his own party) Trump seemed to backtrack on what he said.

"In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", Mr Trump said. What Vladimir Putin wants, we know he's a bad guy.

Asked later in an interview with CBS News whether he held Mr Putin personally responsible for meddling in the 2016 election, Trump said he did.

On Thursday, FBI director Christopher Wray said the United States intelligence community stands by its view that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election, despite Putin's denial.

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He said it would have been naive to expect that the Helsinki summit could have resolved problems that had built up over many years in the space of a few hours.

The scale of the bipartisan outcry at Trump's stance toward Putin has only been rivaled by his 2017 waffling over condemning white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.

So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki.

At the news conference with Putin, he was asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Putin never to do it again, and he did not directly answer.

These remarks came in an interview to CBS News even as his aides were putting out another fire, clarifying that Trump hadn't said that Russian Federation was not targeting the United States anymore.

The muddied waters have deepened critics' concerns that Trump is not taking threats to the United States electoral system seriously enough.

President Donald Trump on Thursday morning shared a video compilation made by his favorite cabler in an attempt to prove that he has not taken a soft stance on Russian Federation after the USA intelligence community charged the country with election interference.

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused "powerful" forces within the United States of trying to sabotage ties between Moscow and Washington in the wake of a controversial summit with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on July 18 appeared to do that, saying: "The overall assertions that have come out of the Russian government are absolutely absurd - the fact that they want to question 11 American citizens and the assertions that the Russian government is making about those American citizens". Ms Sanders said Mr Trump believes the threat from Russian Federation to undermine those elections still exists.

Browder told Fox Business Network that it was "just shocking" that the White House is considering granting Putin's request.