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US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin issued a rare joint statement today, on the occasion of the historic meeting of US and Soviet troops 75 years ago on the Elbe River, outlining their efforts to defeat Nazi Germany as an example of how their countries can cooperate.
The announcement by the two leaders comes at a time of strained relations on a number of issues, from Russia's interventions in Ukraine and Syria to accusations against Moscow of spreading false news about the new coronavirus and interfering in the elections. in the USA.
The Wall Street Journal writes that the decision to issue this joint statement sparked controversy within the Trump administration, as some officials believe it could undermine Washington's stern warnings to Moscow.
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the day Soviet troops from the east met with the Americans on a bridge over the river Elbe in Germany. "This event foreshadowed the decisive defeat of the Nazi regime," the statement said. "The Spirit of Elba is an example of how our countries can put aside their differences, build trust and work together to achieve a greater cause."
The last joint statement on the occasion was issued in 2010, when the administration of then President Barack Obama sought to improve its relations with Russia.
Trump hoped to travel to Moscow for the anniversary. He praised Putin and said he believed in the Russian leader when he assured him that his country had not been involved in the 2016 presidential election. are at their worst since the end of the Cold War.
On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee issued a cross-party report that agrees with intelligence findings in 2017 that Russia was behind a disinformation campaign and cyberattacks in the United States. aimed at hitting Hillary Clinton, Trump's opponent in the presidential election. Intelligence officials also warn that Moscow is interfering in this year's election campaign, something Russia denies.

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