On Monday, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met one-on-one in Helsinki, talking alone for nearly two hours without their advisors. While Trump declared the summit a great success, it ultimately faced much backlash in the US, where the scandal over alleged Russian tampering in the 2016 US election has been ongoing and prevalent in both US politics and global media.
Meanwhile, in an interview with the Vremya evening news program on Russia’s Channel One TV, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that his talks with Trump were more substantive that he’d thought they’d be, and ultimately went better than he’d expected.
Putin then mentioned that he might soon meet again with the US leader, this time either in Asia or on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, scheduled from November 30th to December 1st.
“We did not set a date for our next meeting,” Putin said, “but it is possible that we will see each other at the margins of one of the events in Asia, and then the G20 will be occuring in Argentina and we could also meet up there.”
Both leaders have praised the summit, calling it a “very useful” meeting that has “changed” relations between the two countries.
When President Trump was asked at a news conference after the summit if he believed his own intelligence agencies or Putin when it came to allegations of Russian meddling in the election, Trump said that he saw “no reason” why Putin would have meddled.
On his part, Putin stated: “The Cold War ended a long time ago. The era of ideological antagonism between our two countries is now a thing of the past, and the situation in the world has changed radically.”