Putin meeting will be on July 16 in Helsinki

by Abel Hampton June 29, 2018, 7:16
Putin meeting will be on July 16 in Helsinki

The summit between United States President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, which was announced on Wednesday, will take place in Finland's Capital Helsinki on July 16.

"Here in Helsinki, President Gorbachev and I meet, hopefully to strengthen our common approach to this unjustifiable act of aggression", Bush said upon landing in Finland.

Trump congratulated Putin by phone in March after the Russian leader's landslide re-election victory.

"I am confident that when the president meets with Vladimir Putin, he will make clear that meddling in our elections is absolutely unacceptable", Pompeo added.

"It's absolutely, totally in line with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation policies to talk to Russia, to meet with Russian leaders".

Trump said that Helsinki was a possible site. More vexing have been the fallout in relations over such issues as Ukraine, Syria, Western sanctions, and allegations the Kremlin was responsible for the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil last March. He went on to question why United States law enforcement agencies weren't investigating other perceived influences on the election, which he has repeatedly said was rigged for his opponent Hillary Clinton.

Bolton however said that he didn't expect "specific outcomes or decisions" from the meeting.

What about all the election meddling and collusion?

The summit would offer Putin a chance to try to persuade Washington to lift some of the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over its annexation of Crimea, interference in eastern Ukraine's separatist fighting and alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

A Trump-Putin meeting in Finland - if it were to happen - would be yet another foreign policy coup for the US president.

Expectations for a Trump-Putin summit are therefore low. Can he press Putin on this?

The two leaders will discuss the current relations and the prospects for their further development as well as worldwide issues.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., jumped on Trump's tweet, saying: "Why do you trust Putin more than your own Republican DOJ officials and the Republican special counsel that was appointed by a Republican?" "But, of course, the issue hasn't gone away", he added.

Their summit could irritate USA allies who want to isolate Putin, such as Britain, or who are concerned about what they see as Trump's overly friendly attitude toward the Russian leader. That Trump hasn't done so formally in the last 18 months is much more unusual, however, and the political circus still swirling around the election will likely make the summit controversial, particularly for Trump's political opponents.

"The question is are we going to let Putin walk all over us?"

"After the G7, Kim Jong-un let Trump feel like a star". The White House has imposed sanctions on Russian oligarchs and provided lethal weapons to anti-Russian forces in Ukraine. "We want to strive for a better relationship", Stoltenberg said.

Bolton told reporters in Moscow he expected Russian meddling in us politics to be discussed at the summit.

Putin has expressed interest in extending the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expires in three years, but it's unclear whether the Trump administration has any appetite for that at this point.


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