Putin says Olympic disqualifications are sign of USA meddling in Russia's elections

Putin, Trump to meet in Vietnam

Putin, Trump to meet in Vietnam

Mr Putin said the move was a USA response to "imaginary interference in their election".

One the eve of a possible meeting with President Donald Trump at an economic forum in Vietnam, Putin suggested that the United States is pressing for the disqualification of Russian athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics as a way of creating discontent with his tenure as president.

The relationship that has been tense since Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and has worsened with the scandal around alleged Russian interference in last year's election, is now "faltering, in a crisis state", Ushakov said.

Grim cost predicted in effort to destroy North Korea's nukes
He also pointed out that Seoul, the South's capital with a population of 25 million, is just 35 miles from the demilitarized zone. They said South Korea's promises that it will not deploy additional parts of the THAAD system, will not join the U.S.

Last week, Russian cross-country skier Alexander Legkov was stripped of his Olympic 50-kilometre title after the IOC found him guilty of doping.

The U.S. government and its European partners immediately imposed sanctions on Russian officials considered to be involved in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, one of Donald Trump's former top campaign advisers pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. However, he is widely expected to stand and win.

Zanu PF Expels Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa
President Robert Mugabe said he sacked his long-time ally after he consulted with witch doctors as part of a plot to seize power. Zimbabwe's fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa is seen at the Heroes Acre in Harare in this Wednesday, Nov., 1, 2017 photo.

"That's what worries me: the Olympic Games should start in February, and we have presidential elections in March".

Alexei Petukhov, Evgenia Shapovalova, Maxim Vylegzhanin and Yulia Ivanova were stripped of their medals won in Sochi in 2014 and banned for life from the Olympics.

The four were named in the McLaren report last December, which alleges that a state-sponsored doping programme existed in Russian Federation between 2011 and 2015.

China's Xi fetes Trump on first day of Beijing trip
But some USA experts said it is unlikely Xi will make concessions on issues involving free speech even if Trump does raise them. The US president's visit comes amid the increasing threats from North Korea, a troubled geopolitical ally of China.

Both Trump and Putin will be in attendance representing their respective nations, but it is unknown if they will have a formal one-to-one discussion.

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