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Russia Rues Trump-Putin Meeting That Got Away

  • U.S. hawks ‘ready to kill’ detente hopes, Russian senator says
  • Russian state media put brave face on lack of formal meeting
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How Putin Became the Symbol of Russian Power

Russian lawmakers and analysts bemoaned U.S. President Donald Trump’s failure to hold a formal meeting with Kremlin counterpart Vladimir Putin at the APEC summit in Vietnam, as state media sought to put a brave face on the perceived snub.

The U.S. political establishment is “ready to do anything to kill even the slightest possibility of a normalization of Russian-American ties,” Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of the defense and security committee in Russia’s upper house of parliament, said Monday on Facebook. “We’re talking about a total step backward.”