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Russian Media: Trump Thanks Putin In Russian At Meeting

| by Lauren Briggs

U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly ended a July 7 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany, by thanking him in Russian.

The report was published by RT, a Russian government-funded network that many Westerners have said spreads pro-Russian propaganda and misinformation. It has not been verified by any non-Russian sources.

"President Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it's going very well," Trump allegedly said to the media while the pair took photos together, according to RT. "We've had some very, very good talks, we are going to have a talk now and obviously that will continue."

Trump then reportedly said that "a lot of positive things" are happening before turning to address the Russian leader.

"It's an honor to be with you, thank you," Trump said, extending his hand, according to the RT account. He then reportedly concluded by saying "Spasibo," which is Russian for "thank you."

RT stated that the meeting was meant to only last up to 40 minutes, but the pair stayed and talked for more than two hours.

"We've had a very long discussion with the U.S. president," the site quoted Putin as saying. "Many issues accrued, including Ukraine, Syria and other problems, as well as some bilateral issues" including "fighting terrorism" and "cyber security."

They also discussed the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told CNN.

"They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject," Tillerson added in his comments to reporters. "The president pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement, as I think he has in the past."

Tillerson said that Russia asked Trump for "proof and evidence" of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, but also said that the U.S. declined to provide such evidence.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed that the pair did indeed discuss the topic and added that Trump "accepts" Putin's declaration that his government was not involved in the matter.

An unnamed Trump administration official disputed Lavrov's assertion that Trump accepted Putin's claim of innocence in the controversy regarding election interference. According to CNN, both Tillerson and Lavrov were in the room during the meeting between Trump and Putin.

Tillerson said that the two leaders "connected very quickly" with "a very clear positive chemistry" and worked to "secure a commitment that the Russian government has no intention" of meddling in any upcoming elections.

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