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US Defence Secretary Mattis slams Putin for trying to 'shatter' North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

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Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russian Federation with the US National Security Council Richard Hooker told TASS on Wednesday that Washington and Moscow were considering the possibility to arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin.

The Crimean peninsula was part of Ukraine before being invaded and annexed by Russian Federation in 2014. "This was long before I got there", Trump said.

The US President Donald trump has announced that it may meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin this summer.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the North Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Washington.

In a YouTube clip from Friday whose title roughly translates to "It is high time!"

Trump, in April, extended an invitation to meet with the Russian President.

At the end of the program, "60 Minutes" co-host Olga Skabeeva triumphantly declared "Crimea is ours!" But it was expelled in 2014 after Putin alarmed world leaders by moving troops into eastern Ukraine and annexing the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

Banksy artwork worth $26K stolen from Toronto gallery
Banksy himself has publicly disowned the show along with its curator, Steve Lazarides , a former close confidant of the artist. It shows a group of indigenous people seemingly hunting shopping carts in a grassland.

Trump says USA must pursue peace with North Korea ‘at all costs’
A mass movement drove his predecessor from office and carried Moon, who openly advocated for peace with North Korea, into power. Trump was asked during a Fox News Channel interview outside the West Wing if he would invite Kim to the White House.

Indian Capital sets eyes on rain as dust storms spread over
Meanwhile on Wednesday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) on a scale of 0 to 500 for Delhi was "severe" at 445 against "poor" at 296 on Tuesday.

Trump, who earlier this week became the first sitting USA president to meet with a North Korean leader, has pushed for such a sit-down since Putin won re-election in March, The New Yorker reported Friday, citing a senior administration official. Some lawmakers sought to remind Trump that elections aren't exactly fair in Russian Federation.

Russian Senator Oleg Morozov, a member of the Russian Senate's global affairs committee, was a guest on the show.

Another source with the National Security Council said a meeting "is being worked on" and a diplomatic source added that a meeting is likely to happen soon. "With his failure to deny the Crimea comments, Trump is demonstrating that he is willing to abandon the transatlantic unity & Ukraine means nothing to him".

Trump is scheduled to travel to Brussels for NATO's annual summit, to be held July 11-12.

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He is set to meet with Russian officials later this month in what is described as a pre-NATO meeting, according to USA officials.

Meanwhile, the Russian president confirmed on June 10 that he was ready to meet with Trump as soon as the USA was also ready for that.

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