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What agreements are those?
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US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

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 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…

Posted by Embassy of Russia in the USA / Посольство России в США on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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.

Democratic lawmakers want to know what was said in that meeting.

Many others took to Twitter to express their outrage.

Many are speculating what this agreement could look like.

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