The U.S. and Russian presidents are set to meet Friday at an global economic summit in Vietnam, a Kremlin aide confirmed Thursday. "It will be on November 10", Yuri Ushakov was quoted as saying by Russia's official TASS news agency.
Russian Federation has vehemently denied allegations of interfering in the United States election a year ago that brought Trump to power. In all, six Russian skiers have been found guilty by an International Olympics Committee commission.
"What worries me is that the Olympic Games are due to start in February, and when is our presidential election?"
Russia's reputation as an Olympic power was sundered in 2016 when a report into systematic doping described a vast "institutional conspiracy" that included more than 1,000 athletes in more than 30 sports, and tainted the drug-testing system at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics.
"It is a large body of ties and dependencies", he said.
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The two world leaders will meet as part of talks for the annual APEC Summit, which brings leaders of Pacific nations together to discuss trade. "Why ordinary Russians should be responsible for the actions of the person they support and which does not allow fair elections to take place?", asked Sobchak.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, meanwhile, said that such a meeting was "still under consideration".
Putin is also concerned about turnout in the March 2018 elections, Gabuev said.
"In response to our imaginary interference in their election, [the US] wants to create problems in the Russian presidential election", he added.