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

Putin summit kicks off in Helsinki

Putin summit kicks off in Helsinki

A USA grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday for their alleged role in a scheme to hack email accounts controlled by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign, and to publicize the messages.

He added that the US must work to secure all future elections "regardless of what Vladimir Putin or any other Russian operative says".

When the video first came out, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said on CNN that he found it "stunning" Russian Federation would show a video depicting Florida getting nuked and said "clearly" Putin "wanted us to see that".

Corker, speaking to reporters outside his office on Capitol Hill, repeatedly expressed his disappointment and declared that Trump's press conference with Putin "made us look as a nation more like a push over".

Several dozen Trump supporters, many waving American flags and sporting "Make America Great Again" caps, cheered Trump near his waterfront hotel in Helsinki.

Florida doesn't have a ton of military value, and it's likely that Russian Federation showed the video as a direct threat to Trump, who owns property there.

When asked point blank whether he'd challenge Putin on the subject of Russian Federation interference, Trump avoided the question and pivoted to concerns he had about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. "I don't see any reason why it would be". "But certainly, I'll be asking about it".

The Obama administration did, in fact, take action, including confronting Putin in person as well as expelling almost three dozen Russian diplomats the USA said were actually intelligence operatives and imposing new sanctions. In June, Putin reiterated his denials of Kremlin involvement in the election meddling but allowed that non-state actors in Russian Federation - people he likened to "artists" - may have taken it upon themselves to launch cyberattacks on Clinton's campaign and the DNC. Throughout the visit, Trump was greeted with mass protests in Scotland, London, Newcastle and other cities as United Kingdom residents took to the streets with homemade placards to call for an end to his controversial policies. We have 90 percent of the nuclear, and that's not a good thing.

Putin suggested he would have had no interest in surveilling Trump back when he was a "private person" - despite the fact that he was among the most famous businessmen and television personalities in the world.

"Neither did he mention the Russian meddling in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea". US Senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, said Monday morning it was "likely".

Russian 'Reset 2.0': What Putin Wants From Trump At Helsinki Summit
The Pentagon in February called for a revamp of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and development of new low-yield atomic weapons. The US president also called Russian Federation and China foes, but said such a label does "not mean they are bad".

"It's a meeting. This is an attempt to see if we can defuse and take some of the drama, and quite frankly some of the danger, out of the relationship right now".

But the indictments risk overshadowing the talks.

After a journalist asked a question at their joint press conference Monday in Helsinki using soccer metaphors, Putin pulled out a red-and-white ball and tossed it at Trump, at the neighboring podium.

The grand jury didn't find that any American knowingly cooperated with Moscow's operations.

While staying in his Scottish resort in Turnberry, Trump said in a CBS interview: "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Trump said, adding that "you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe".

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham speaks during a news conference at the United States embassy in Baghdad, Iraq July 4, 2018.

"The Cold War is long over", Ushakov told reporters in Moscow.

"It isn't a summit", U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman told NBC'S "Meet the Press".

The Helsinki summit, which comes at one of the most crucial junctures for the West since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, has alarmed some North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies who fear Putin might seek a grand deal that undermines the US -led transatlantic alliance. Now he's trashing our European allies while fawning all over Vladimir Putin, who he praised for putting on the "best ever" World Cup.

"Presidents Trump and Putin respect each other and they get along well", said Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman. We are the two great nuclear powers.

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