Russia slams proposal to question Trump summit translator

Russian politicians are rallying behind Vladimir Putin and denouncing American suggestions that the translator at his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump be interrogated about what they discussed privately.

Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, expressed hope on Thursday that “the verbal agreements between Putin and Trump will be fulfilled.” Russian officials worry that domestic turmoil in the U.S. will hamper potential future cooperation on Syria or arms control discussed at the summit.

Russian officials have shrugged off Mr. Trump’s wildly contradictory accounts of what he said to Mr. Putin at Monday’s summit.

They are angry however at proposals by U.S. lawmakers to question Mr. Trump’s translator. Konstantin Kosachev, head of the upper house of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said on Thursday the idea sets a dangerous precedent that threats the “the whole idea of diplomacy,” according to Russian news agencies.

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