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Russia probe 'probably' undermines US ties with Moscow - White House

Sanders disparaged Mueller’s investigation as the 'Russian Witch Hunt Hoax' in a statement and added, 'unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship with Russia.'

FILE: A Russian flag flies next to the US embassy building in Moscow on 31 July, 2017. President Vladimir Putin on 30 July 2017. Picture: AFP.

BUENOS AIRES - The probe into potential collusion between the United States (US) President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Moscow is probably undermining US ties with Russia, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Friday, but she denied it was the reason Trump cancelled his planned G20 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sanders disparaged Mueller’s investigation as the “Russian Witch Hunt Hoax” in a statement and added, “unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship with Russia.”

“However, the reason for our cancelled meeting is Ukraine,” she said.

Separately, a White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, denied a report that Trump planned a “pull-aside” meeting with Putin at the G20 after cancelling plans for a longer bilateral.

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