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Russia's Putin expects Trump to survive impeachment proceedings

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he expects his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump’s to remain in office despite the House of Representatives voting to impeach Trump on Wednesday.

Putin said the allegations against Trump are “dreamt up” and that he believes the U.S. Senate is unlikely to remove Trump from office.

Putin added that Russia is ready to agree on a new START arms treaty with the United States, but that there has been no response to Russian proposals.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Alison Williams