US President Donald Trump has warned Russia against any attempt to interfere in the 2020 presidential polls and also urged Moscow to resolve its conflict with Ukraine, the White House has said, as reported by PTI.
The warning by Trump, who met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at his Oval office on Tuesday, came a day after the Justice Department’s watchdog said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.
Trump has long slammed the investigation as a witch hunt and says the FBI never should have started it.
“President Trump ‘warned Russia against any attempts to interfere in the US elections and urged Russia to resolve the conflict with Ukraine,” the WH said in a statement after the meeting between the two leaders.
However, Lavrov said that they did not discuss the US elections during the meeting.
This was the second meeting between Trump and Lavrov.
Lavrov last visited the US in May 2017 when Trump had just fired the then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey, who was probing Russia’s meddling in the US polls at the time.
During the meeting, Trump also emphasised his support for an effective global arms control treaty that includes not only Russia but also China.
He welcomed the continued engagement to address the areas of mutual concern, including how the US and Russia can take positive steps with respect to the detained citizens.
Trump urged Russia to support his administration’s efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and ensure the denuclearisation of North Korea, the WH said.
“Trump and Lavrov also reviewed the state of relations with China. Trump reiterated the need for fair and reciprocal trade with China,” the WH said.