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President Donald Trump said he addressed Russia's interference in the US 2016 election and that President Vladimir Putin was "extremely strong" in his denials.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation is strained because of the very malign actions he's refusing to take Russian Federation to task for", tweeted Democratic U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

"You know I love those countries".

Trump said Sunday he had "low expectations" for any major breakthroughs. "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. He would regard the summit as a success if there was an agreement to merely reopen severed lines of communications across the board, he said.

Ahead of the talks, Trump has refused to personally commit to the United States refusal to recognise Russia's annexation of Crimea, leaving open the possibility of a climb-down linked to a promise by Putin to somehow rein in Iranian influence in Syria.

For Russia, it is also a powerful sign that Western efforts to isolate Moscow have failed.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on State of the Union that it would be pointless for Trump to raise the issue as it's inevitable that Russian Federation will interfere in USA elections.

The second important meeting between the USA and Russian leaders in Helsinki took place in 1990, when president George Bush met his Russian counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, which would later lead to a U.S. intervention and the first Gulf War.

Many fear that Trump - in his eagerness to prove that he was right to seek the summit with Putin despite USA political opposition - may give up too much ground. He adds: "You wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe". I believe it's really good. Russia has also been sanctioned by the US over election meddling and other cyber attacks like NotPetya, which the USA and United Kingdom believe the Russian military executed, and which cost billions in damage across Europe, Asia and the U.S.

Ultranationalist lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky was among those brushing off Friday's indictments of Russians accused of meddling in the 2016 election, calling it implausible that a dozen Russians could have done such damage.

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He says, "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade".

By Margaret TalevPresident Donald Trump named the European Union as a "foe" of the an interview, days after a contentious meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but a top European official said the suggestion was " fake news".

The US has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum against the European Union and other allies, sparking retaliation. He said on Twitter as he left for Helsinki he was "looking forward to meeting with President Putin".

In a post-summit interview with Fox News, Putin said US-Russia relations should not be held "hostage" to "internal political games", referring to the Mueller probe.

Hours before the Helsinki summit, Trump was asked if he would press Putin over Russia's alleged manipulation of the 2016 election that brought the mercurial property tycoon to power.

He was returning to the White House after Monday's meeting with Putin in Helsinki, the Finnish capital. Trump told CBS News that he hadn't thought about requesting their extradition in the meeting, but suggested that he will ask about it. "He can't simply raise it, accept Putin's denial and then let him off the hook", Schumer said in a statement.

"Second, the President must demand that the 12 Russians named in the indictment be sent to the stand trial".

At the time, Flake tweeted that the indictments reaffirmed that Russian Federation interfered with the elections.

One Russian objective, for instance, has been to win a more accommodating approach from Trump on Russia's intervention in Ukraine, which included the annexation of Crimea in 2014. -Russian rapprochement or decisions about Europe made "over the heads of Europeans".

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