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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Trump says he discussed forming cyber security unit with Putin

The US president said he had also raised allegations of interference by Moscow in the 2016 US presidential election with the Russian president

US president Donald Trump meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg on July 7, 2017. Evan Vucci / AP
US president Donald Trump meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg on July 7, 2017. Evan Vucci / AP

US president Donald Trump said in a tweet on Sunday he had discussed forming a cyber security unit to guard against election hacking with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Tweeting after his first meeting with Mr Putin on Saturday, the US president said now was the time to work constructively with Moscow.

"Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded and safe," he said following their talks at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Mr Trump said he had raised allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. "I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I've already given my opinion.....," he tweeted.

"We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!"