Russia FM Phones Pompeo, Says Butina Held on ‘Fabricated Charges’

Putin, Trump talked about a referendum for eastern Ukraine

U.S. federal prosecutors accused Maria Butina this week of being a covert Russian agent and working to infiltrate United States political organizations, including the National Rifle Association, before and after Donald Trump's election as president.

The invitation was extended to Putin by Bolton earlier on Thursday, according to a National Security Council spokesman.

The president and his advisers have also questioned whether Russian Federation interfered to bolster Trump's chances of winning.

The two leaders held a summit in Finland on Monday but few details of what they discussed have emerged.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, admitted voters' concerns are oftentimes about the economy, but felt Trump's summit with Putin would play into election day decisions.

Trump brought up Coats by name at his Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin, then sided with Putin's claim that he didn't interfere in the elections.

The Kremlin has yet to formally respond to the proposal, but Mr Trump has said he is looking forward to his second meeting with Mr Putin.

What reaction is there to the planned Putin visit?

After taking a deep breath he continued, "OK".

During the panel, Coats said he was still not sure what was discussed at Trump and Putin's one-on-one meeting in Helsinki.

The US president on Thursday listed the topics discussed as "stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more". "In the United States, in Russian Federation, or anywhere else", he said in a statement.

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Putin told a closed-door gathering of Russian ambassadors this week that he had proposed the eastern Ukrainian referendum, which would be held under global auspices, to Trump at their summit in Helsinki on Monday, Bloomberg reported, citing two anonymous sources who attended the meeting. As if to underline that point, plans are already under way for a sequel - this time in Washington DC.

Under mounting pressure, the White House later rejected Putin's request. He said the summit notably made progress on U.S.

Tensions between Russian Federation and the U.S. have gone into overdrive in recent years.

The president campaigned on closer ties with Russian Federation, a goal that had been thwarted during his first year in office.

Mixed messages from Trump have increased worries in Congress that the White House is not taking seriously the threat that senior officials say Russian Federation now poses to the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.

Pressed by reporters on how she viewed her relationship with Trump in light of his repeated criticism of Germany's asylum policies, defence spending and trade surpluses, a diplomatic Merkel stressed the importance of transatlantic cooperation.

Russia's foreign minister told his USA counterpart on Saturday that a woman arrested in the United States on accusations she was a Russian agent had been detained on "fabricated charges" and should be released.

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel weighed in on the invite, saying that she thinks "it must once again become normal for Russian and American presidents to meet". But he said, "Russia was always open to such proposals".

Proposed by Senate Minority Leader Democrat Chuck Schumer and affirmed by every Republican in the upper chamber of Congress, the resolution agreed that the United States must refuse any request by the Russian government to interrogate Americans who have served in government, law enforcement, or the military.

'Say that again? Did I hear you?' he said upon learning the news, which White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Twitter. Obama didn't do it. Obama was a patsy for Russian Federation. On July 20, Russian officials confirmed that Moscow is considering the meeting.

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