Tillerson: Trump-Putin Meeting While In Asia Is 'Still Under Consideration'

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump in Hamburg Germany on July 7

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump in Hamburg Germany on July 7

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are "highly likely" to meet this week just as the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election gathers pace. "In March", Putin told workers during a visit to a factory. With fewer than 100 days before the beginning of the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the International Olympic Committee has still not made a decision about whether to let the country that hosted the 2014 Games participate.

"There is a strong suspicion that this is all happening in order to create a situation useful to some, one of disappointment for sports followers and sportsmen in which the state allegedly participated in violations", he said.

Last week, Russian cross-country skier Alexander Legkov was stripped of his Olympic 50-kilometre title after the IOC found him guilty of doping.

The four were named in the McLaren report last December, which alleges that a state-sponsored doping programme existed in Russian Federation between 2011 and 2015. Russian Federation has denied any state-sponsored system of doping.

"It is a large body of ties and dependencies", he said.

Relations between Russian Federation and the United States have plummeted as a Washington probe has accused Trump's former campaign aides of secretly meeting Kremlin-connected officials.

Both leaders will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang. It could take place either tomorrow or on Saturday.

By portraying the doping scandal as a conspiracy of anti-Russian forces, with the United States in the lead, Putin might be hoping to turn Russians anger from the Kremlin to the usual enemies in the West.

Tillerson briefed USA reporters after Trump's meetings. "Since the victory was fake, many people turn their anger on a government that couldn't build up a sport system that would produce champions, and instead created a system of cheating".

Recall, Ksenia Sobchak, who intends to run for presidential elections in 2018, said in an interview with CNN that he supports anti-Russian sanctions from the United States.

Both Trump and Putin will be in attendance representing their respective nations, but it is unknown if they will have a formal one-to-one discussion.

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