Trump and Putin meeting in Helsinki

Trump and Putin meeting in Helsinki

Trump and Putin meeting in Helsinki

The president has spent two days golfing at his golf property in Scotland as part of a four day whirlwind United Kingdom tour- with a mass 100,00 person protest in London against him on Friday.

US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the "family photo" during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.

Ahead of the highly anticipated talks, he said has "low expectations" but added that he thinks that "maybe some good" will come of them.

The U.S. leader said he was looking forward to meeting Putin in the Finnish capital, but said, "Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!"

"That is what the American side proposed and we are polite people, so we have agreed", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a recent interview for Larry King's "Politicking", which airs on the Russia-backed RT network. "I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it".

Mr Trump said he respects Europe's leaders but says they have taken advantage of the USA on trade and defence spending.

EU President Donald Tusk tweeted in response, "America and the EU are best friends".

In response to Trump's remarks, Tusk said the European Union and the United States are "best friends".

Bolton claimed that the charges bolster Trump's negotiating power when he meets with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki this week. But we can predict with certainty that one subject is unlikely to dominate the strangely private tete-a-tete: the whole Russia-hacking-the-2016-election thing.

Critics said they were skeptical Trump would press the issue at all, despite the indictments. But that doesn't mean they're bad. It doesn't mean anything. "They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration", he told CBS anchor Jeff Glor on "Face the Nation".

According to Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori, it was the two presidents themselves that chose to meet in the city, adding that he had no expectations over the summit but only provided suitable circumstances for it, and the city was not anxious about the protests at all. Yesterday, President Trump questioned why President Obama did not do more to stop the 12 Russian nationals indicted on Friday from interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

On Friday a federal grand jury alleged that officers of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, secretly monitored computers and stole data from the campaign of Trump's former rival, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The meeting comes just days after 12 Russian intelligence officers were charged by a USA federal grand jury for hacking the Democrats ahead of the 2016 election, the most detailed US accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Trump.

All this has understandably fueled speculation that something very unusual is going on between Trump and Putin, something beyond the president's reflexive admiration for autocrats. "I think it's ridiculous", he told CBS.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has warned US President Donald Trump against making any unilateral deals with Russian Federation that come with a cost for the United States' Western allies.

He said on Twitter as he left for Helsinki he was "looking forward to meeting with President Putin".

Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the conclusion that Russian Federation was behind the hacking and frequently derided special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible links between Russian Federation and his campaign as a "witch hunt".

But for Putin, merely getting Trump to sit across the table counts as "an informal recognition of Russian Federation as a great power", political analyst Alexei Malashenko said.

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