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"What Trump does and says in America is a matter for the Americans".

However, he said, "there's no allegation in this indictment that the Americans knew they were corresponding with Russian intelligence officers".

Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, says Trump and Putin could instruct their aides to begin formal work on a five-year extension of the treaty, which would not require a renegotiation of its terms or ratification by the legislative branch of either government.

"These individuals must be brought to the United States so that they can stand trial, and you should demand that Mr. Putin hand them over", the senators wrote.

The top US diplomat says President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin should meet as planned on Monday despite new charges that 12 Russian intelligence officers hacked into Democratic email accounts during the 2016 USA presidential election.

Trump belittled the idea of challenging the Russian president over election interference during a press conference on Friday just before the criminal charges were announced.

After tens of thousands of people marched peacefully against Trump in central London on Friday, a few thousand protested in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, were a blimp depicting Trump as an orange, snarling baby was raised. But he predicted Putin wouldn't confess.

While Trump did let the 79-point summit declaration go through, his assertion that "I've taken over a lot of bad hands and I am fixing them", at the end of the summit left the impression there were serious problems at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, diplomats said. And John McCain, a leading Republican senator and Trump critic, said Trump must hold Putin accountable or not proceed with the meeting. "But I will absolutely, firmly ask the question", he added.

"It will be somewhat more hard for him to simply go through the motions", said Daniel Fried, who served as assistant secretary of state for Europe under President George W. Bush.

Rosenberg does not want Trump to pick a fight with Putin, but to remember that he is talking to someone opposed to US interests.

Democratic lawmakers urged Trump to cancel the get-together with Putin.

Trump's chief diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said Trump and Putin should meet as planned.

In an antagonistic opening salvo during a breakfast Wednesday morning with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, Trump said that Germany was "totally controlled" and "captive to Russia", due to a pipeline project that would supply the European country with Russian gas.

Based on his track record, some Democrats said they weren't sure whether Trump should be trusted to hold talks with Putin.

Trump's assessment of the impediments to improving US-Russia relations may not jive with the US government's.

The last, brief meeting between Putin and Trump took place in November 2017 in Vietnam during an APEC summit. He repeatedly dismisses the ongoing investigation that produced Friday's indictments as a "witch hunt".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she supported Schumer's call to cancel the summit. Sen.

The French leader said that Trump had not threatened to pull out of the 70-year-old alliance over the defense spending commitments of Washington's European allies, contrary to some media reports.


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