Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Putin and Trump to hold summit in Helsinki

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladmir Putin are set to meet on July 16 in Helsinki where the leaders are expected to discuss national security issues as well as the issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"You were just roughly 6 billion times tougher on Vladimir Putin and Russian meddling than President Trump has ever been", Berman responded.

Niinistö expressed the hope that Trump and Putin would discuss arms control and disarmament issues, adding that "even small steps in reducing tensions would be in everybody's interest".

The summit could irritate US allies who want to isolate Putin, such as Britain, or countries such as Ukraine who are nervous about what they see as Trump's overly friendly attitude towards the Russian leader.

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The meeting will take place as part of Trump's trip to Europe.

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Though the two have met twice on the sideline of global events, this will be the first direct summit with the Russian leader of Trump's time in office. Trump has called for improving relations with Moscow, but his administration has imposed an array of new anti-Russia sanctions. That ended with Trump shifting his tone on Kim and agreeing to suspend USA military drills, with only a reaffirming of past pledges to stop nuclear testing on Pyongyang's part.

The last, brief meeting between Putin and Trump took place in November 2017 in Vietnam during an APEC summit. "It's his agenda that we're pursuing and that's the agenda I intend to advance", said Bolton.

Bolton also said the president will likely raise the issue of election meddling with Putin-a topic Bolton himself broached with the Russian leader in his meetings with him this week. That's he what did after the June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which has thus far yielded little more than a vague agreement on previously stated positions.

"Both President Trump and President Putin feel that it's important for these two leaders of these two critically important countries to get together and discuss their mutual problems and areas of cooperation".

In a Twitter post before the Helsinki meeting was announced, Mr Trump again appeared to cast doubt on Russian involvement. Making Trump look good, said Weber, is "critical to Putin's diplomatic initiative".

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Moscow attempted to influence the 2016 election that Trump won.

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