Donald Trump said he may talk about the Russia meddling in US elections during the summit,
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are holding their first summit in Helsinki. Both the leaders are, however, keeping their expectations low from the summit. Ahead of the summit, Donald Trump blamed the "US foolishness" and FBI probe against Kremlin over US election meddling for the Russia rift.
In a Twitter post, Trump said his predecessor, Barack Obama, paid little attention to FBI allegations of Russian election meddling and they were only taken seriously after he was elected. "President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn't happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it. When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!" he posted on the micro-blogging site.
Here are the live updates of the Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin summit.
During the conference, speaking of football, Vladimir Putin said, "I will give this ball to you and now the ball is in your court. All the more that the US will host the World cup in 2026".
"Nothing would be easier politically than to refuse to meet, to refuse to engage, but that would not accomplish anything... I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics": Donald Trump
Following the one-on-one meet, Vladimir Putin said he assured Donald Trump on Monday that Russian gas deliveries via Ukraine will continue despite the proposed new Nord Stream 2 pipeline. "I assured the president that Russia was ready to maintain this transit route" for Russian gas, Putin was quoted as saying by news agency AFP.
Stressing that he saw no reason to believe Russia hacked the 2016 US Presidential Election, Donald Trump said not a single critical word about Russia on any of the issues that have brought relations between the Washington and Moscow to a post-Cold War low, news agency Reuters reported.
"Our relationship has never been worse than it is now. However, that changed as of about four hours ago. I really believe that," he told a Helsinki news conference after a day of talks with Putin, news agency AFP reported.
Donald Trump hailed the 'direct, open, deeply productive' talks with Vladimir Putin.
"I consider them (talks) very successful and useful," Vladimir Putin told a news conference alongside Donald Trump, praising the "frank and business-like atmosphere" of the summit, news agency AFP reported.
US President Donald Trump declared Monday that his summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had begun well. "Very good start," Trump said in response to reporters as the leaders were joined by senior officials for further discussions, news agency AFP reported.
Face-to-face meeting between Putin and Trump ends, news agency Reuters reported.
Earlier, the Democrats had called for the summit's cancellation over revelations surrounding the alleged election meddling, news agency AFP reported.
Ahead of the summit, Hillary Clinton took a jibe at Trump in a tweet.
"We Are Two Great Nuclear Powers": Trump
"And I really think the world wants to see us get along. We are the two great nuclear powers. We have 90 percent of the nuclear, and that's not a good thing. That's a bad thing," Donald Trump was quoted as saying by news agency AFP.
"Summit Covers Everything From Military To Missiles To Nuclear To China": Trump
Donald Trump said the summit would cover "everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China". "I think we have great opportunities together as two countries. Frankly, we have not been getting along for the last number of years," the US President was quoted as saying by news agency AFP.
Trump Congratulates Putin For Hosting Football World Cup
As he met the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump congratulated him for hosting the World Cup football final which climaxed Sunday in Moscow.
Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump Will Hold Presser After Summit
In another tweet this morning, Donald Trump had blamed "with hunt" against Russia for worsening US-Russia ties. "Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" he wrote on Twitter.
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"We have a lot of good things to talk about. We have discussions on everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China. We will be talking a little bit about China, our mutual friend, President Xi": US President Donald Trump on meeting Russia President Putin