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"If [the matter of election interference] is be raised by the USA president, then the Russian president will repeat that Russia could not and did not have anything to do with this situation, around which such insinuations have been spawned", spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks on aboard Air Force One en route to Bedminster, New Jersey, from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., June 29, 2018.

After Trump and Putin met briefly in Vietnam in November 2017, Trump was criticized in the United States for saying he believed Putin when he denied Russian meddling. I asked him again.

"I'll talk to him about everything", Trump said.

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After Trump and Putin met briefly in Vietnam in November 2017, Trump was criticised in the U.S. for saying he believed Putin when the Russian president denied Russian meddling.

He gave a similar answer when he was asked if he would lift the sanctions on Russian Federation. "We're going to be talking to them about Syria", he said.

Explaining to Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that the summit would be "somewhat unstructured" so as to skip "the pressure of immediate deadlines or crises", Bolton said that he didn't think that Trump has conceded his leverage over the election meddling issue by accepting Russia's innocence on Twitter.

Trump was noncommittal when asked if he might lift sanctions imposed on Russian Federation, telling reporters: "We'll see what Russian Federation does".

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Earlier, the Kremlin reported that the heads of the two states will meet on July 16 in Helsinki and that the presidents will give a press conference after the meeting, where they will answer the journalists' questions.

While the meddling allegations have been repeatedly dismissed by both Putin and Trump, they have sparked a special counsel investigation in Washington and multiple congressional investigations which have come to different conclusions.

Trump also caused a stir last week when he appeared to open the door to recognizing Russia's 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

Trump said Sunday that he's "going to mention" Russian meddling in USA elections during his July 16 meeting with Putin, and that the political fighting over the investigation into Russian interference is bad for the country. I've said it from day one, getting along with Russian Federation and with China and with everybody is a very good thing. "That's not the position of the United States", he told CBS on July 1.

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Peskov also said Putin was ready to move towards normalising ties with the United States in proportion to USA willingness to do the same.

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