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The White House postpones for next year the meeting of Trump and Putin

After announcing a fall appointment between the presidents of the USA and Russia, Washington delays the summit until the investigation of the Russian plot ends

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The White House postpones for next year the meeting of Trump and Putin

Five days after White House reported that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin would meet in fall in Washington, administration announced on Wednesday that it will be delayed by beginning of 2019. The American president wants next summit with his Russian counterpart, which would be third after July 16 in Finland, to happen once investigation of so-called Russian plot is over. However, date on which special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, will end investigation that began in June 2017, is still unknown.

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"The President (Trump) believes that next bilateral meeting with President Putin must take place after Russian witch hunt is over, so we have agreed that it will be after first of year," said Trump's national security Advisor , John Bolton, in a statement. The "Witch-hunt" is expression used by President to refer to investigation of Russian plot. Mueller has been investigating alleged connection of Trump's environment to Moscow for more than a year to win 2016 election.

Last week, White House spokesman Sarah Sanders revealed that Trump asked Bolton to invite Russian president to Washington this fall (from late September to late December). "Those conversations have already started," Sanders explained last Friday on preparation of appointment. It also revealed that in Helsinki it was agreed to maintain a process of dialogue between security teams of both countries.

The announcement of new summit occurred a few days after controversial meeting between two leaders in Helsinki. The US president received an avalanche of criticism for giving more confidence to his counterpart, who rejects idea that Russia interfered in 2016 election campaign in favor of Trump, which his own security services, which have confirmed. After rejection that caused his statements, even within Republican Party, President Reculó and said he had expressed himself wrong.

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