"President Trump said he heard clear statements from Putin that (the allegations of meddling) are not true, and that Russian authorities did not intervene, and he accepted these declarations", said Lavrov, who sat in the power meet between the US and Russia leaders. Russia and the United States have developed an increasingly adversarial relationship in recent years, with things like the Russian invasion and annexation of parts of Ukraine, Russian cyber-attacks during the 2016 U.S. election, and Putin's history of human rights abuses having strained relations.
While some have expressed concern that Trump will be too soft on Russia, the president's speech in Warsaw Thursday morning may foreshadow the topics of the intimate meeting.
A video shared on social media shows the moment the two leaders, who recently fell out due to disagreements over geopolitical situations in Europe and the Middle East, shake hands for the first time since Trump became president in 2016.
Russian government sources said the talks would focus on the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts, the war on terror, strategic security and bilateral issues.
Tillerson described the deal as the first indication of the Trump administration and Russia being able to work together in Syria. Likely flashpoints include North Korea's successful ballistic missile test and the use by the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, of chemical weapons.
Donald Trump is also under investigation, it's understood, for firing the FBI director James Comey. "I think it was Russia, and it could have been other people in other countries".
The US president did not provide any further details about the array of issues he and the Russian leader had conferred, simply terming them as "various things". "That's not to denounce him, just an assessment of the guy". "The two leaders agreed this is of substantial hindrance".
Putin again denied trying to influence the election, which top U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded he personally ordered.