At summit, Trump refuses to confront Putin on vote row

Hannah Rogers
July 21, 2018

The Russian foreign ministry "liked" his words and tweeted back: "We agree". The White House is telling reporters to stop calling it a summit.

In a series of tweets, Trump blamed the media for inflating expectations for the meeting with Putin. Meanwhile, the youth wing of the country's anti-immigration party, The Finns, managed to get about 50 people to hold a pro-Trump rally.

Russia's state-run Channel One said Trump's meetings in Britain and contentious appearance at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit last week were secondary to Monday's summit, saying: "After all, he was just passing through Brussels and London on the way to Helsinki". "I've been here not too long, but it's getting close to two years, but I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship".

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said during a joint news conference.

Trump in a tweet is blaming the hostilities on "many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"

The 11-count indictmentnames the Russians defendants, alleging they began cyber-attacks in March 2016 on the email accounts of staff for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

U.S. President Donald Trump has renewed his criticism of America's European allies, describing the EU as a foe alongside China and Russian Federation.

Editor-in-chief Kaius Nieme also explained that the banners are intended as a display of support for "colleagues who have to fight in ever toughening circumstances on a daily basis both in the USA and Russian Federation", noting that both countries sit pretty far down on the 2018 World Press Freedom Index.

He vowed not to be "taken advantage" of by the European Union, which he accuses of freeloading by relying on the U.S. for its defence while blocking USA imports into the bloc, the world's biggest market.

The Kremlin has played down expectations for the summit. "Certainly I'll be asking about it", Trump said. "There is no clear agenda".

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Niinistö also called attention to the importance of establishing and fostering a dialogue between the two heads of state.

The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee says he's anxious about President Donald Trump meeting one on one with Russia's Vladimir Putin during their summit in Finland.

The leaders are holding a summit Monday in Helsinki.

President Donald Trump has arrived in Finland for his closely watched summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ambassador Jon Huntsman says the two countries now have a "fraught bilateral relationship". The state RIA news agency quoted a Russian source as saying Moscow was "ready to discuss, ready to undertake mutual obligations of non-intervention into internal matters".

The summit is expected to address a range of issues, including Syria, nuclear weapons and election meddling.

The first one he named was the European Union, traditionally a close ally to the U.S.

"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. Rep. Kirsten Sinema (D-Arizona), who is running for the seat Flake is vacating, issued a statement saying she was "highly disturbed" by Trump's comments.

"To maintain our partnership with the United States of America we must readjust it", Heiko Maas told the Funke newspaper group.

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