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Trump rejects proposal for Russia to interrogate US citizens

US president Donald Trump shakes Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin's hand

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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shake hands in Helsinki

US President Donald Trump has rejected a proposal made by the Russian leader Vladimir Putin that Russia be allowed to question US citizens.

The White House earlier said it would consider it but now says Mr Trump “disagrees” with the suggestion.

The offer was made at a summit of the two leaders. In return, Mr Putin suggested he might allow access to 12 Russians indicted by the US.

The idea of allowing a foreign power to quiz US citizens sparked outrage.

“It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Thursday.

“Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt,” she said.

The citizens Mr Putin was seeking included a former US ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, and financier Bill Browder.

Allowing Russian officials to interview Mr McFaul would be a violation of the longstanding tradition that foreign diplomats have legal immunity.

Trump rejects proposal for Russia to interrogate US citizens

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