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Kremlin Releases Statement Claiming Trump Is A ‘Partner’ To The Russian Government: Report

A new statement released by a Kremlin adviser claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin sees Donald Trump as a “partner.”

Putin adviser and diplomat Yurk Ushakov spoke to journalists ahead of Putin’s meeting with Trump and claimed that the U.S. president is a “negotiating partner” to Putin.

“The state of bilateral relations is very bad,” said Ushakov. “We have to start to set them right.”

The aim of Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki “is to begin setting right the negative state of bilateral relations, to agree on concrete measures to improve them and to establish a more or less acceptable level of trust,” according to Ushakov.

“We would like these negotiations to contribute to the creation of an atmosphere that will allow us to talk about continuing contact, including possible visits to Moscow and Washington,” he added.

Ushakov’s statements came after Trump had claimed that he sees Putin as a competitor and a potential friend.

“[Putin] is representing Russia. I’m representing the United States,” Trump said before leaving for the NATO summit in Brussels. “So in a sense, we’re competitors, not a question of friend or enemy.”

“He’s not my enemy. Hopefully some day, maybe he’ll be a friend,” Trump added.

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