Trump, Putin meeting could mend deteriorating relationship, Kremlin spokesman says

A meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin could mend the rift between the two nations, a Kremlin spokesman said Sunday.

Dmitry Peskov told ABC’s “This Week” that relations between the U.S. and Russia are “maybe worse” than the Cold War, but a meeting between the two sides have a chance to repair divisions.

“I think if two presidents meet each other, if they exchange views, then there will be a chance for our volatile relations to get better,” Peskov said.

Putin previously suggested that a meeting could take place in July when Trump travels to Germany for the G20 summit or at a later summit for the Arctic Council in Finland, according to the New York Post.

Putin said Thursday that Russia was “ready” for the meeting, but will wait for the heated political divisions to die down for Trump.

Peskov also said that allegations of Russia trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election are “fake news” and “slander” despite U.S. intelligence agencies agreeing that Putin was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta.

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that panel members still have no “definitive” evidence that the Trump campaign was working with Moscow to defeat Clinton.

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