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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Reacts to Trump Putin Meeting: “Fabulously…Better Than Super.”

A man of few words.
Sergey Lavrov, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and US President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has been on the receiving end of heated criticism since his highly contentious summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

Hashtags like #TreasonSummit and #TreasonousTrump have trended widely amid calls for Congress to draft articles of impeachment once President Trump sided with Putin over the assessment from his own intelligence agencies that Russian operatives meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

But these angered reactions only represent the tumultuous political landscape stateside. If you were to ask Russia’s Foreign Ministry how the summit went, you’d hear that it went as smoothly as it could have. In fact, according to Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, the meeting between the two world leaders went “fabulously” and “better than super.”

Lavrov’s response appears to support much of the reaction from the president’s critics, who’ve said that President Trump kowtowed to Russian aggression. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s response to the president’s statements also support the accusations that Russia––and Putin in particular––benefited enormously from the closed-door face-to-face meeting.

For example, after President Trump tweeted that the relationship between Russia and the United States “has NEVER been worse”––he blamed “U.S. foolishness and stupidity” and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion––many members of the media noted that the Russian Foreign Ministry “liked” the president’s tweet.

Even more damning: The Russian Foreign Ministry retweeted the president’s tweet, saying “We agree.”

https://twitter.com/mfa_russia/status/1018803468805566464

Critics have called the retweet a win for Russian propaganda, and a calculated effort to undermine Robert Mueller’s investigation.

The president, meanwhile, has only doubled down on his assertions that his talk with Putin was “productive.”

He has also found time to once again criticize the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which he (falsely) claimed was draining (and relying too heavily on) the U.S. because of monetary obligations. Statements like the one below have haunted the president, who is aware of Russia’s longstanding goal to delegitimize NATO and its allies.

But regardless of where the president claims to stand on NATO, he feels his meeting with Putin was “even better” than his NATO commitments. That it hasn’t been as well received as he would like is a sign––in yet another attack on the media––that “the Fake News is going Crazy!”

According to Maria Lipman, editor-in-chief of the journal Counterpoint and a veteran commentator on Russia, the Trump-Putin summit realized the Kremlin’s goal of ending an era of frosty relations with the United States.

“Putin has demonstrated that Russia is not isolated, without making any concessions,” she said, adding that “Putin in a sense lures him into this rhetoric that it’s better to cooperate than to engage in confrontation.” The two leaders, she noted, appeared to be “playing along together.”

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