Moscow says the US president has “accepted the word” from the Russian leader and the White House denies it
The two leaders agree in their first face-to-face a cease-fire in southwestern Syria
Did Russia interfere in the presidential elections? Despite having repeatedly avoided responding to this question in front of the media, US President Donald Trump has taken advantage of the bilateral meeting he held this Friday afternoon in the framework of the G-20 summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, his first face-to-face meeting, to “press him more than once” in this regard, as explained by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. But the leader of the Kremlin has denied the allegations and has claimed that if there is evidence of it, that they appear, has reported Tillerson. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that Trump “has accepted the word” of Putin. Sources of US diplomacy have denied it immediately.
In other aspects of the “vigorous” exchange of positions, both leaders have shown greater agreement, and have agreed a truce in southwestern Syria from this Sunday.
If in his speech in Warsaw on Thursday the president admitted halfway that the Kremlin interfered in the US elections in October and warned him to end his “destabilizing activity” in Ukraine, a more withdrawn Trump was seen on Friday. “It’s an honor to be with you,” he told Putin. The gentle handshake between them, far from the abrupt style of the US president, has been another sign of distension and “quick connection.” After Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Donald Trump is the fourth US president with whom the Russian president meets.
The Nixonian scandal over the links of his election campaign with Moscow has consistently lashed out at Trump since he came to the White House. With levels of popularity that do not reach 40% approval, the president has reached the international meeting in Hamburg aware of the need to return to Washington with a reinforced image. That is why, on his second official trip to Europe Trump has been balancing between criticism of Moscow and a conciliatory and pragmatic position. The ‘Russiagate’ is definitely going to continue to knock. The ceasefire in southwestern Syria, on the other hand, benefits both parties.
HIGH THE FIRE IN SOUTHWEST SYRIA
The agreement also has the diplomatic involvement of Israel and Jordan, two close Washington allies concerned that the violence of the ceaseless war that sweeps across Syria reaches its borders, according to sources familiar with the US administration. The situation is especially sensitive in the town of Daraa, one of the four zones of distension agreed between Russia, Syria, Iran and Turkey and where this alliance fights the terrorist group Islamic State.
With regard to the previous bilateral meeting, the face to face between Putin and Obama in September 2015, the occasion has served to evidence a slight approach of positions between two powers that until now have played antagonistic roles in the Syrian conflict and that in the last Months have tightened the rope. While Moscow supports President Bashar al-Assad, the chemical-based attack on civilians on April 4 ended up convincing Trump to oppose continuing to lead the country in the future. “How it will go is yet to be determined,” Tillerson said.
The meeting between the two alpha males on the international scene coincided with the meeting that the rest of G-20 leaders have held on climate change. The meeting also dealt with issues such as the free market, the Ukrainian war, terrorism and cybersecurity or the growing tension with North Korea for its repeated missile tests, a terrain in which both Russia and the United States are betting on a Denuclearization of the last Stalinist regime in the world. Nor have details of what has been said about sanctions against Moscow, although, according to sources quoted by the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’, Trump asked his assistants to study a relaxation of these.
The face-to-face, which has been extended from the 30 minutes scheduled to two and a quarter hours, has been carried out in the strictest privacy. Thus, both leaders have been accompanied only by Tillerson, Lavrov and two interpreters. In the last meeting between those responsible for diplomacy in April, it was evident that despite the gestures there was still “a low level of confidence” between Washington and Moscow, according to Tillerson. Divergences about what has been said and what has not been said in Hamburg will not help.
PREVIEW WITH MEXICO
A few hours earlier, Trump has also met for the first time with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Although before the meeting the US president has once again ensured that Mexico will pay “absolutely” for the construction of the wall on the border he promised during the campaign, that issue has been ignored in his and