On Friday, when the media inquired as to whether or not Trump plans to discuss the annexation of Crimea with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during the meeting of the two leaders in Helsinki on July 16, Trump responded, “I’ll talk to [Putin] about everything.”
Trump then added, “We’re going to be talking about Ukraine, we’re going to be talking about Syria, we’ll be talking about elections, and we don’t want anybody tampering with elections.”
This morning, however, the Kremlin seemingly refuted Trump’s claim, saying that discussions about Crimea will not be on the agenda when the two leaders meet later this month.
Trump has taken a lot of criticism for planning a meeting with Putin, while U.S. intelligence agencies still say that they continue to meddle in our politics. Russia has continued to use Twitter and other social media platforms to try and sow division within American politics. Meanwhile, just last week, Trump reiterated that Russia claims that they did not meddle in our elections, by tweeting, “Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election,” despite the fact that all of the US intelligence agencies have in fact confirmed that this is not true.
While discussions on Crimea are not “on the agenda”, according to Moscow, that doesn’t mean President Trump is prohibited from bringing the topic up. We will have to wait and see just what is and is not discussed after the meeting takes place.