Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin open historic summit, predict 'extraordinary relationship'

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin open historic summit, predict 'extraordinary relationship'

The Russian government has blamed the United States for the dire state of relations between the two superpowers for years, accusing it of launching unilateral sanctions, trying to stir up unrest in Russia and its former Soviet satellites and, most recently, of inventing the election meddling story.

Talking to the media before the one-on-one summit with Putin, Trump did not mention Russia's meddling in the U.S. election.

Several thousand protesters gathered Sunday in Helsinki's iconic Senate Square for a protest that gathered together activists focused on issues including the environment, refugee rights, and anti-war causes.

Trump's European trip has, by many accounts, been a complete disaster.

"We have a lot of good things to talk about".

"I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship". He said only: "We'll do just fine".

Trump has said he wants to raise nuclear arms control, Ukraine and Syria with Putin, who has served as Russia's preeminent leader since Boris Yeltsin resigned on the last day of 1999.

Trump's comments were broadcast as he headed for Helsinki. "It would be a step forward if this meeting also provided impetus for nuclear disarmament".

Trump also said that "getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing". "But I go in with low expectations".

Trump's "low expectations" for Putin summit
President Donald Trump also offered his congratulations to France, and ... to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Predictably, from the man who is never shy about weighing in with his opinions on global matters, U.S.

While Trump has been overseas since last week, the special prosecutor investigating allegations that Russia interfered to help him win the 2016 presidential election indicted 12 Russians on Friday for stealing Democratic Party documents.

The grand jury charges shine a brighter spotlight on Trump's treatment of Putin, who has repeatedly denied Russian Federation sought to skew the election which Trump, a Republican, unexpectedly won.

"I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it".

Russian Federation has no extradition treaty with the United States, so it is unlikely that the Russian Federation would turn the intelligence officials over to the U.S.to stand trial.

President Donald Trump has already reached an agreement with one top Russian government official, who appears to be in lockstep with the USA leader, at least on Twitter, over his assessment of White House-Kremlin relations.

The fresh indictments prompted a number of US senators, all but one Democrats, to request Trump cancel his summit with Putin. I don't think that serves America's interest.

Putin added that other issues that Russian Federation would like to discuss in the arms control sphere are the US missile defence plans and the weaponization of space.

Ahead of his meeting in Britain, Trump criticized Prime Minister Theresa May's approach to negotiations about Britain leaving the European Union and suggested it could impact a proposed trade deal between London and Washington.

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