A leaked video of President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussing a potential deal for the resumption of a Russian-American trade agreement has revived a debate about whether the meeting took place in the first place.
The video was released by the Moscow Times on Wednesday, the first day of the U.S. election.
The White House and the Kremlin have denied the existence of the video.
The Kremlin has since released a statement saying it was “a fake video” made in advance of the election.
In the video, the president can be seen telling Putin that the U,S.
and Russia would continue to “exercise cooperation in the area of energy,” but that Russia should consider a “mutual understanding” instead of a bilateral agreement.
“If it doesn’t, we will certainly change our position,” Trump says.
The president then appears to suggest that the Russians would have to sign on to a deal to resume trade ties between the U and Russia.
“That’s right,” he says.
“We will not allow it.”
The Kremlin has previously accused the United States of seeking to undermine Russia-U.S.-Russia relations in the wake of the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea.
Trump has repeatedly called the deal between the United Nations and the United Arab Emirates, an oil-rich country, a “bad deal.”