Trump says US must work with Rus­sia

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Trump said he “strongly pressed” Putin twice over the al­leged Rus­sian med­dling dur­ing their meet­ing on Fri­day.

Trump said that Putin “ve­he­mently de­nied” the con­clu­sions of US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies that Rus­sian hack­ers tried to sway the elec­tion in Trump’s fa­vor. But Trump would not say whether he be­lieved Putin, tweet­ing only that he’s “al­ready given my opin­ion”.

Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov first told re­porters in Germany on Fri­day that Trump had ac­cepted Putin’s as­sur­ances that Rus­sia hadn’t med­dled an as­ser­tion Putin re­peated on Satur­day af­ter the sum­mit. Putin said he left the meet­ing think­ing that Trump had be­lieved his in-per­son de­nials.

“He asked ques­tions, I replied. It seemed to me that he was sat­is­fied with the an­swers,” Putin said.

US of­fi­cials said Trump did not want the al­leged in­ter­fer­ence to pre­vent him from work­ing with Rus­sian gov­ern- ment on other is­sues, in­clud­ing the civil war in Syria.

In a show of US-Rus­sian co­op­er­a­tion, of­fi­cials have an­nounced that the two sides had bro­kered a cease-fire in south­ern Syria that went into ef­fect on Sun­day. Trump tweeted that the deal “will save lives.”

The par­tial cease-fire should be ex­panded to all of Syria if it is to be suc­cess­ful, Iran’s For­eign Min­istry spokesman said on Mon­day.

“The agree­ment can be fruit­ful if it is ex­panded to all of Syria and in­cludes all the area that we dis­cussed in As­tana talks for de-es­ca­lat­ing the ten­sion,” Bahram Qasemi was quoted as say­ing by Tas­nim news agency.

The United States, Rus­sia and Jor­dan reached the “de-es­ca­la­tion agree­ment”, which ap­peared to give Trump a diplo­matic achieve­ment at his first meet­ing with Putin at the sum­mit.

Ma­jor Is­sam al-Rayes, spokesman of the South­ern Front coali­tion of Western-backed rebel groups, said “a cau­tious calm” con­tin­ued into the evening.

“The sit­u­a­tion is rel­a­tively calm,” Suhaib al-Ruhail, a spokesman for the Al­wiyat al-Furqan fac­tion in Quneitra, said ear­lier.

The two sides also agreed to cre­ate what Trump de­scribed in a tweet as “an im­pen­e­tra­ble Cy­ber Se­cu­rity unit” to en­sure that “elec­tion hack­ing, & many other neg­a­tive things, will be guarded”.

STEFFEN KUGLER / REUTERS

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin shake hands dur­ing the G20 Sum­mit in Hamburg, Germany, on Fri­day.

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