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

Russian 'Reset 2.0': What Putin Wants From Trump At Helsinki Summit

Russian 'Reset 2.0': What Putin Wants From Trump At Helsinki Summit

If Trump's instinct is right and he finds common ground with Putin, then the pair's Helsinki Summit may take the heat out of some of the world's most risky conflicts.

Asked to name America's "biggest foe globally right now" during an appearance on CBS's Face the Nation, the first answer that came to Trump's mind was the European Union. "Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe", the president said.

The US president also called Russian Federation and China foes, but said such a label does "not mean they are bad".

Washington has imposed a series of sanctions against Russian Federation over recent years, some of which Trump himself reluctantly signed off on after taking office in 2017.

He said that Russian Federation is a foe "in certain respects" and that China is a foe "economically. but that doesn't mean they are bad".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, rebuffed Trump's criticism last week, saying that she had "experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union" and said she was glad her country today, with communist East Germany and democratic West Germany united since 1990, can set "independent policies" and make "independent decisions".

"I respect the leaders of those countries", Trump said, referring to the European Union. He has already imposed tariffs on metal imports from USA trade partners including, the European Union members.

After months of anticipation, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet Monday to put to the test the United States president's ambition to forge a personal bond with the Kremlin chief.

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"The E.U.is very hard", Trump began.

The US and Russian presidents may swap compliments at their first summit in Helsinki on Monday, but they are deeply divided on issues including Syria, Ukraine and alleged Russian election-meddling.

EU President Donald Tusk suggested that US President Donald Trump was "spreading fake news" by calling Europe a US foe and urged the Trump-Putin summit on Monday to protect the world order.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 11, 2018. His mother was born in Scotland, while his father was born in NY. "But that doesn't mean they are bad", he said.

Despite the doubts of his top national security advisers, Trump is keen to withdraw U.S. troops from eastern Syria, where they have been battling the Islamic State.

Trump himself, though, tried for a long time to deny that Russian Federation had interfered with the election at all, apparently concerned that such an effort would undermine his legitimacy as president. Where they're going to be paying Russian Federation billions and billions of dollars a year for energy, and I say that's not good, that's not fair.

The Pentagon in February called for a revamp of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and development of new low-yield atomic weapons.

In a bitter tweet sent as he flew between his golf resort in Scotland to the Finnish capital, he said even if he was handed the keys to Moscow "it would not be good enough".

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