Putin-Trump Summit ends with promise to reset relations

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At the Trump Putin summit, Russia again denied it influenced the U.S. Presidential election.

The two Presidents met in Helsinki, days after 12 Russians were indicted in the election meddling investigation.

CGTN’s Guy Henderson reports.

When the Russian president’s plane touched down late his negotiating partner wasn’t going to be kept waiting.

When the American and Russian leaders came face to face the U.S. president went for flattery despite intense pressure to talk tough, giving only vague clues about coming talks without any official agenda.

“We’re gonna talk about trade, military, missiles, we’re gonna talk about China a little bit our mutual friend President Xi,” said Donald Trump President of the United States.

When the two men emerged after meeting, it was to herald an unlikely reset.

On major points of contention there were, seemingly, few significant concessions.

“Thanks to the Iranian nuclear deal, Iran became the most controlled country in the world it submitted to the control of the IAEA. It effectively ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program,” Putin said.

On one topic though, they joined forces as the questions kept coming about allegations one helped the other, win an election.

“I have great confidence in my intelligence people but I will tell you that president Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” said Donald Trump President of the United States.

Putin refused to extradite 12 Russians indicted in the U.S. last week but Trump warmed to another suggestion.

“Special Counsel Mueller can send an official request to us so that we would interrogate those individuals who he believes are privy to some crimes,” said Vladimir Putin the Russian President.

After the meeting both headed home with the promise of regular meetings in the future.

Reva Goujon talks on the Trump-Putin summit impact