Putin says Mueller probe was 'objective,' calls for renewed U.S.-Russia ties
Added 05-14-19 05:35:02pm EST - “Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller conducted an "objective" probe into whether there was collusion between Russia and President Trump's 2016 campaign, and that ties might improve…” - Washingtontimes.com
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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller conducted an “objective” probe into whether there was collusion between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 campaign, and that ties might improve between Moscow and Washington now that the investigation has concluded.
“However exotic the work of special counsel Mueller was, I have to say that on the whole [it was] a very objective investigation and he confirmed that there were no traces whatsoever of collusion between Russia and the incumbent administration, which we said was absolutely fake,” Mr. Putin said through a translator upon meeting Tuesday with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Russia.
“We said before there was no collusion from our government officials and it could not be there,” the Russian president said. “Still that was one of the reasons of [a] certain break in our inter-state ties. I’m hoping today that the situation is changing and common interest in maintaining strategic stability.”
He went on to express hope for improved U.S.-Russia dialogue on such issues as nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, regional security issues, fighting criminal gangs and eradicating poverty.
While U.S.-Russia friction has emerged on a range of fronts in recent years — from Russian activity in Venezuela, Syria and Ukraine to disputes over Russian cheating on the Cold War era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty — Mr. Putin suggested he and Mr. Trump have a warm relationship and that Mr. Trump seeks to facilitate a new era of dialogue.
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