Putin, Trump to meet in Vietnam

Aaron Brown
November 10, 2017

One the eve of a possible meeting with President Donald Trump at an economic forum in Vietnam, Putin suggested that the United States is pressing for the disqualification of Russian athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics as a way of creating discontent with his tenure as president.

"Right now, at this present moment (the time) is being agreed", Kremlin aide and former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Dmitry Ushakov told state news agency Itar-Tass on Thursday.

Four Russian cross-country skiers have been found guilty of doping by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

"Here is what worries me: the (Winter) Olympics start in February, and when are our presidential elections?"

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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.

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Any meeting would come as a dark cloud looms over Washington, where a number of current and former Trump officials are being investigated for their links to Russian Federation, as well as the possibility of collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign. The Russian official claimed the meeting will take place on "the tenth" but the White House has not yet confirmed the exact date.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, meanwhile, said that such a meeting was "still under consideration". "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".

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