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Putin: U.S.-Russia relations on "the path to positive change"

Vladimir Putin smiling at Donald Trump.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that his meeting with President Trump in Helsinki put U.S.-Russia relations on "the path to positive change" despite currently being "in some ways worse than during the Cold War," per the AP.

Why it matters: This is a talking point that Trump has touted frequently, saying relations between the two countries have never been worse. Putin also expressed his concerns about "forces" in the U.S. who are trying to hamper efforts to improve relations.

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