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Lavrov defends account of Trump-Putting meeting

LAVROV DEFENDS ACCOUNT OF TRUMP-PUTTING MEETING

Russia's top diplomat is addressing conflicting accounts of discussions between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's meddling in the U.S. election.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had told reporters after Friday's meeting that Trump accepted Putin's assurances that Moscow didn't meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election — an account that appeared at odds with that of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Asked about the conflict on Saturday, Lavrov joked, "Trust Lavrov. I don't work for Tillerson."

Lavrov demurred when pressed by reporters about the tone and other topics discussed by the two presidents when they met the previous day.

Trump has said he believes that Russia may have hacked the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton staffers, but that other countries have been involved as well.

Trump and Putin's highly anticipated meeting was scheduled to last only 30 minutes, but extended for more than two hours.

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