Putin to Trump: it's time to talk about our relations

Putin to Trump: it's time to talk about our relations

Putin to Trump: it's time to talk about our relations

The Russian Foreign Ministry tweeted back: "We agree".

Putin long has sought to meet with Trump, but the Russian leader was 35 minutes late to arrive at their closely watched summit in the Finnish capital.

Mr. Trump, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite allegations of Russian meddling in USA politics, went into the summit, blaming the "stupidity" of his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low.

Robert Mueller's Special Counsel's Office investigation indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

When asked by a reporter whether he believed the various U.S. institutions that asserted Russian interference or Vladimir Putin, Trump did not provide a direct answer.

'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! "And that's not a good thing, it's a bad thing, and I think we can hopefully do something about that".

Mueller's probe, which began in May of 2017 to determine if any of Trump's campaign associates worked with Russia to interfere with the election, has brought 79 charges against 20 people and three companies; 14 of those charged are Russians. "North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has, I think, never been stronger", Trump said. Frankly, we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years.

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Trump, a brash 72-year-old billionaire, has been president for 18 months while Putin, 65, has run Russian Federation for the past 18 years. The pair had opened their long-awaited summit Monday with a wink and slouch, respectively, then talked one on one behind closed doors for two-plus hours before the American leader declared their meeting was off to a "very, very good start for everybody".

"Trump blames America, not Russian Federation, for Russia's attack on our election", former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), a conservative pundit and Trump supporter, tweeted Monday morning. "I think the DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked".

Trump and Putin are meeting one-on-one with only interpreters present before wider talks involving aides.

It will be interesting to see whether the men take questions and if so, what reporters ask, given that both Trump and Putin have attacked the press, with Putin going as far as ordering adversarial reporters killed. We'll be talking a little bit about China. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be". This, too, undercuts the idea that Trump will hold Putin's feet to the fire on any of those issues, however much his advisers (and his party) might hope that he does so.

Some researchers said the indictment might have depended on U.S. signals intelligence, the fruits of which are rarely revealed because it quotes electronic messages sent to an unidentified organization presumed to be London-based WikiLeaks.

Trump also expelled dozens of Russian diplomats earlier this year in response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K. And he agreed to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons, a step that former Pres. Obama had resisted. Russian Federation was kicked out of the Group of Eight nations after its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

But the USA leader would not say whether he would demand the extradition of 12 Russian intelligence officers who were indicted last week by U.S. special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

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