"I think that if we develop our relations in the same way, there is every reason to believe that we would be able to at least partially restore the level of interaction that we need", Putin said.
An unnamed Trump administration official disputed Lavrov's assertion that Trump accepted Putin's claim of innocence in the controversy regarding election interference.
Trump departed Germany earlier Saturday without taking questions from the press, unlike many of his counterparts. He also said that the two leaders connected to each other very quickly, CNN reported. "Several times I had to remind the President, and people were sticking their heads in the door".
He was referring to a cease-fire brokered by the U.S., Russia and Jordan that went into effect on Sunday. "I don't work for Tillerson".
"President Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it's going very well", Trump told reporters, sitting alongside the Russian leader.
After the Trump-Putin meeting, their first face-to-face talk, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: "The president pushed Putin on multiple occasions".
"Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the president and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier". "What's important is that we agreed that the uncertainty on these matters cannot exist, especially in the future".
The comment came after Tillerson said at his own presser that Trump and Putin had a "robust and lengthy" conversation about the meddling issue after Trump raised it at the outset of the meeting.
The initial groundwork had now been laid for an improvement in US-Russian ties, he said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, asked about the differing accounts Saturday, said only: "You should trust Lavrov".
"After a very substantive discussion on this, they reached an agreement that they would start a cyberunit to make sure that there was absolutely no interference whatsoever, that they would work on cybersecurity together", Mr. Mnuchin said. "President Putin denied such involvement, as I think he has in the past", Washington's top diplomat said.
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