The written summary of the meeting of White House leaders showed, without further detail, that they had spoken about it, as well as Iran, Syria, Venezuela, and Ukraine. The summary did not mention any interference in the election, nor did it say anything about two Americans arrested by the Russian authorities for controversial allegations.
There was also little report on an international investigation this month that pointed to Russia in 2014 crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. The international prosecutor's office has indicted three men who had connections with Russian military and intelligence services to destroy the passenger jet, and indicted without charge a senior adjutant for Mr Putin by three Ukrainian ships and several seamen last November, events that Mr. Trump led them to cancel a planned meeting with Mr Putin, and they remain unresolved. When a reporter asked about the ships and sailors on Friday, the president said, "We did not discuss them."
"Russia has been accused, and strangely enough it is still defying the Mueller report, he is accused of having mythically intervened in the US elections," Putin told the Financial Times. "What happened in reality? Mr. Trump examined his opponents' attitude to him and saw changes in American society that he exploited.
He praised Mr. Trump's political ability. "I do not accept many of his methods when it comes to tackling problems," Putin said. "But do you know what I think? I think he is a talented person. He knows very well what his voters expect of him. "
But Mr. Putin made it clear that he was frustrated that Mr. Trump had not agreed to extend the New Start contract. "They are silent while the contract expires in 2021," he said. "If we did not start the talks now, it would be over, because there would be no time even for formalities."