Putin and Trump to meet Friday in Vietnam

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"President Putin is ready for that and the Americans know that".

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are poised for their second official meeting as part of the president's tour of Asia. "It will be on November 10", Yuri Ushakov was quoted as saying by Russia's official TASS news agency.

"Here is what worries me: the (Winter) Olympics start in February, and when are our presidential elections?"

Relations between Moscow and Washington have plummeted as a U.S. probe has accused Trump's former campaign aides of secretly meeting Kremlin-connected officials.

USA spy chiefs reportedly told 21 states that they were targeted by Putin's hackers before the 2016 Presidential Election.

These statements come amid an ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, started after Donald Trump's victory, despite the fact that Moscow has repeatedly denied any interference in the election, calling the claims "groundless" and "absurd".

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The federation said that Alexei Petukhov, Evgenia Shapovalova, Maxim Vylegzhanin and Yulia Ivanova were stripped of their medals won in Sochi in 2014 and banned for life from the Olympics.

Putin is also concerned about turnout in the March 2018 elections, Gabuev said.

"I will fight until the end".

Last week, Russian cross-country skier Alexander Legkov was stripped of his Olympic 50-kilometre title after the IOC found him guilty of doping.

Russia's reputation as an Olympic power was sundered in 2016 when a report into systematic doping described a vast "institutional conspiracy" that included more than 1,000 athletes in more than 30 sports, and tainted the drug-testing system at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics.

By portraying the doping scandal as a conspiracy of anti-Russian forces, with the United States in the lead, Putin might be hoping to turn Russians anger from the Kremlin to the usual enemies in the West.

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