Russia never meddled in US election


Putin said that he was willing to work with the U.S. to “analyze together” any specific material related to election meddling.

He said that he would allow Mueller’s investigators into Russia on the condition that the investigation would be a “mutual effort” in which Russian officials could also interrogate U.S. law enforcement officers “who have something to do with illegal actions on the territory of Russia.”

The Russian leader also said the two discussed their “responsibility for maintaining international security” citing their respective nuclear weapon arsenals.

“It is crucial that we fine tune the stability and global security and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” Putin said. “We submitted to our American colleagues a note with a number of specific suggestions and we believe it is necessary to work together to interact on the desired agenda, military and technical cooperation.”

The results of the summit — including the impact of any agreements the two nations reached — are not yet clear, experts told CNBC.

“My sense is very little was agreed on other than to keep talking on a number of issues,” Olga Oliker, director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said on Monday following the briefing.

Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, said there was a long way to go to restore trust in the U.S.-Russian relationship.

Still, he said, there is a positive takeaway.

“The good news is both sides, who hold over 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons, are talking and that has to be a good thing,” Kazianis told CNBC.

There are about 14,500 nuclear weapons in the world, a figure that has declined since the Cold War. The U.S. and Russia own the lion’s share, with more than 6,500 weapons each.


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