Trump and Putin set for Helsinki talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a press conference after the meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki Finland Monday

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In 1975, the U.S. and Russian Federation - then the key power in the Soviet Union - along with 33 other states, signed a major agreement in Helsinki to defuse Cold War tensions. He says, "I thought it was a disgrace to our country".

Following the one-on-one meeting, Trump and Putin began a larger meeting with other US and Russian officials, and will end the summit with a joint press conference.

The Russian foreign ministry "liked" his words and tweeted back: "We agree". Putin made Trump wait for him, arriving behind schedule in Helsinki as the two leaders attempted yet another reset of U.S-Russian relations.

Trump again denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, while Putin insisted: "The Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA's internal affairs".

Trump landed in the capital city, Helsinki, late Sunday.

"However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world´s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along". A stern - even slightly angry expression - which is the norm for Donald Trump, and a firm, but quick handshake, would immediately set the right tone.

"America and the European Union are best friends".

The summit comes after 12 Russians were charged with hacking in the 2016 USA elections. Trump said such sessions are beneficial.

Trump's comments differ from his previous position. He has said he would raise the issue with Putin in their summit but has suggested it would be perfunctory.

U.S. President Donald Trump left looks over as he listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin right speak during their joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki Finland Monday

President Trump called the testimony of former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok a "disgrace", adding, "I think it hurts our relationship with Russian Federation". The talks are likely to be followed by a joint news conference. "I'm not going with high expectations", and declined to discuss his goals for the meeting, though he said he would update the network about his goals after the meeting has taken place. President Trump also expressed concern with Germany's recent pipeline with Russian Federation, calling them "captives".

A post-NATO trip to Britain, supposedly America's partner in a "special relationship", was riddled with controversy as well.

Trump and Putin have held talks twice before.

If tangible results from the meeting were thin, the ceremony of it and the civil atmosphere between the two world leaders received considerable attention and was interpreted as a move toward improving the soured relations between Washington and Moscow. Aram.... what exactly did President Trump have to say? Democrats have expressed concerns about Trump's ability to sit down and challenge Putin during a one-on-one meeting.

Trump began the day by firing a Twitter broadside at his domestic opponents, blaming the diplomatic chill on the election investigation.

Konstantin Kosachev, head of the upper house of parliament's foreign affairs committee, wrote in Izvestia that Monday's talks come at a time when "so-called "peace-loving" Europe is afraid of peace talks between USA and Russian Federation".

The United States has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can't compel Russian Federation to hand over citizens, and a provision in Russia's constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries.

"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".

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