The Latest: Russia defends account of Trump-Putin meeting

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 8, 2017 7:47 AM

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

In this Friday, July 7, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, in Hamburg. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is at left, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is at right.

(Hamburg, Germany) -- A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin is addressing conflicting accounts of discussions between Putin and President Donald Trump 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, Dmitry Peskov joked, ``Trust Lavrov. I don't work for Tillerson.''

Peskov 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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