The Russian Embassy issued a startling tweet on Tuesday, announcing that the Russian Defense Ministry is ready to implement military agreements reached between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.
The Russian Defense Ministry @MoD_Russia🇷🇺 is ready for the practical implementation of agreements in the area of global security reached in Helsinki between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump
— Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) July 17, 2018
The embassy included a link to a longer statement on Facebook:
The Russian Defense Ministry is ready for the practical implementation of agreements in the area of global security…
تم النشر بواسطة Embassy of Russia in the USA / Посольство России в США في الثلاثاء، ١٧ يوليو ٢٠١٨
The United States National Security Council, however, has yet to confirm which agreements took place between the two leaders. When asked by CNN to elaborate on the agreements, an NSC spokesperson said the council was “still reviewing the discussion.”
Because there is no transcript of the closed-door meeting between Putin and Trump, and because the only others present were translators, the agreements the Russian Defense Ministry seems eager to implement are as of yet inaccessible to the public.
The Ministry’s spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, told reporters that the ministry is
ready to intensify contacts with American colleagues at the level of the General Staffs and through other available channels of communication to discuss the extension of the START treaty, the interaction in Syria, and other topical issues of military security.
It wasn’t until later in the day, at a White House Press Briefing led by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, that the White House vaguely denied the claims, insisting that there was “some conversation,” but no official agreement.
NEW: Sanders says there was "some conversation" between Trump, Putin about possibility of Russia questioning U.S. figures, including former Amb. McFaul, "but there wasn't a commitment made…the president will work with his team and we'll let you know if there's an announcement." pic.twitter.com/yykyNjijlC
— ABC News (@ABC) July 18, 2018
Democratic lawmakers want to know what was said in that meeting.
Chuck Schumer: "Where are the notes from that meeting? What did President [Trump] agree to? Can we have the translator come in and testify? Was Secretary of State Pompeo briefed … ? Did he take notes? … The notes need to be turned over to Congress immediately."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 17, 2018
WATCH: I have never seen a day of infamy in terms of foreign policy like I saw the other day with Trump and Putin. The American people deserve answers about what they agreed to in private. pic.twitter.com/qYp9eJdOIx
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) July 18, 2018
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) on Tuesday called for the American translator present during President Trump's private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to tell Congress what was said during the encounter.https://t.co/Sj74jVhxz5
— Blanche V. Mercaldi (@tammytabby) July 18, 2018
Many others took to Twitter to express their outrage.
It's frightening that Trump and Putin made some sort of "military agreement" and Russia's defense minister is VERY eager to put that agreement into action. DOD and White House won't comment on what that agreement even is…https://t.co/zL0AZ4FbEd
— Alternative NOAA (@altNOAA) July 18, 2018
"The National Security Council would not confirm what Trump had agreed to in the one-on-one with Putin."
WTF is going on?!!
— Ann MacGibbon (@BostonBoomer) July 18, 2018
So Trump and Putin reached military agreements that our own military and officials are clueless about? I'm just going to say WTF and leave it at that…#ImpeachTrump #TraitorTrump #VoteThemOut2018 #TuckFrump
— Jeff Peck (@angryshortguy) July 18, 2018
What practical implementation? What the hell did Trump agree to? Shouldn’t somebody tell the rest of us?
— Trumpism is a brain virus🤯 (@trumpharmsusall) July 18, 2018
Now Trump and Putin have agreed on some sort of military alliance during a private, two-hour meetinghttps://t.co/2VgLGgzwyq
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) July 17, 2018
Many are speculating what this agreement could look like.