Russia envoy met Trump: claim

Russia envoy met Trump: claim

Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. Source: Flickr

Donald Trump met Russia’s ambassador to Washington last April during the presidential election, it has emerged, despite numerous denials that he met Moscow’s representatives. 

Photos appear to show ambassador Sergey Kislyak near the front at a Trump speech.

The meeting was reportedly at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on April 27.

During the speech he called for better relations with Russia: “I believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia, from a position of strength, is possible. Common sense says this cycle of hostility must end.”

Trump’s team has issued more than 20 denials of contact with Russian representatives before the election.

During a February White House press conference, Trump addressed allegations of his links to the Kremlin.

“Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia,” Trump said.

“Haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years. Don’t speak to people from Russia. Not that I wouldn’t. I just have nobody to speak to.

“I spoke to Putin twice. He called me on the election. I told you this. And he called me on the inauguration, a few days ago.

“We had a very good talk, especially the second one, lasted for a pretty long period of time.

“I’m sure you probably get it because it was classified. So I’m sure everybody in this room perhaps has it. But we had a very, very good talk.

“I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge no person that I deal with does.”

A bipartisan resolution in the US House of Representatives targeting Russia for its role in election hacking, ahead of a year of vital European votes, is being unveiled.

The bipartisan bill will declare that it is US policy “to sanction entities and individuals within Russia or associated with the Russian government engaged in hacking, cyber-attacks and propaganda campaigns with the intention of interfering in democratic elections”.

The proposed legislation is focused on potential Russian interference in this year’s European elections.

The bill mentions Russia’s aim “to divide the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, weaken democratic institutions and support extremist, pro-Moscow candidates throughout Europe” as a cause for alarm and urges the Kremlin to immediately cease all cyber attacks in Europe. It mentions Russia’s use of a “troll army” to back Brexit ahead of the UK’s June 23 vote.

Republican Congressman Peter Roskam, who co-wrote the legislation, said: “Russia is attempting to undermine democracy and democratic institutions across the western world … it’s important we present a bipartisan front and make it very clear the US Congress strongly condemns Russian malfeasance in Europe and around the world.”

 

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