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Trump avoids criticizing Putin and announces new relationship with Russia

Leaders of both countries deny Kremlin interference in US presidential 2016 after meeting in Helsinki

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Trump avoids criticizing Putin and announces new relationship with Russia

The Presidents of United States, Donald Trump, and of Russia, Vladimir Putin, have staged this Monday in Helsinki a rapprochement of positions after deterioration of relations between two countries by Russian invasion of east of Ukraine and subsequent annexation of Crimea In 2014. "Our relationship has never been worse than it is now, but that has changed in last four hours," said American president at end of meeting with his Russian counterpart at his first bilateral summit, held in capital of Finland. In a joint appearance, Trump and Putin have denied Russian interference in November 2016 elections that led Trump himself to White House. The US president refused to criticize Russian leader throughout summit.

"Today's meeting [this Monday] is just beginning of a longer process, but we have taken first steps towards a better future," said Trump, who said meeting with his Russian counterpart "went very well" and that both maintained a "direct dialogue , open and profoundly productive. " In addition, Trump has made a plea for dialogue with Russia and recalled that "even during tensions of cold War, when world was very different, Russia and US were able to maintain a good dialogue."

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On table of both leaders were important issues to address such as North Korean nuclear disarmament, Russian annexation of Crimea or Russian interference in last U.S. presidential election. In this regard, Russia's president has been blunt: "There is no evidence as to actual facts y refer to. We must be guided by facts, not by rumors. " Asked about it, Putin has assured that he preferred Republican candidate's victory over that of Hilary Clinton.

Trump gave back to Kremlin leader's conclusions. "There was no interference. I did not know president and re was no one to participate in conspiracy acts. They're people who weren't involved in campaign. I will tell common reader that y had nothing to do with it, "said president of United States." We did a great campaign and that's why I'm president. "

Prior to meeting, American leader had already anticipated his intentions to improve relationships that he said had weakened in recent years as a result of mistakes of his predecessors in White House. "Getting along with Russia is a good thing, it's not bad. I think world wants to see that we get along, "said Republican.

The two leaders have spoken alone — with mediation of interpreters — at Helsinki presidential palace for more than two hours and have held a working lunch with ministers and advisors.

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