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Trump Says Time To Work With Russia

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin

US President Donald Trump has said time has come for Washington to work "constructively' with Russia, AFP reported on July 9.

Meanwhile President Trump ruled out easing sanctions. while the countries remained at odds over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

Trump said it was too early to consider any easing of US sanctions on Russia "until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved."

At the same time, President Trump tweeted about his meeting with President Putin, he highlighted the Syrian ceasefire, Moscow meddling in US Election and Ukraine as subjects of his talks with his Russian counterpart.

"I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election," Trump said of their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit. "He vehemently denied it. I've already given my opinion....."

I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election.
President Donald Trump On His Meeting With Russian President Vladimir Putin

Trump said he and Putin had talked about the idea of setting up what he called "an impenetrable cyber security unit" to prevent hacking in future elections, without giving details.

He also said the two men had discussed the implementation of a ceasefire in Syria which began on Sunday, saying "it will save lives."

"Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!"

Syria has been a particular source of friction between the two countries, as Russia is a close ally of President Bashar al-Assad.

Moscow has warned that a program of sanctions imposed by the US, which was tightened last month, threatens their whole relationship.

Trump's predecessor Barack Obama ordered the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds in the United States last December after accusing Russia of trying to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

And last month, the United States added 38 individuals and entities to its sanctions list targeting the Russians and pro-Russian rebels it blames for the fighting in Ukraine.

"Sanctions were not discussed at my meeting with President Putin. Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved," said Trump.

Based on AFP