Trump brands Russian Federation a 'foe' ahead of Putin summit

Trump brands Russian Federation a 'foe' ahead of Putin summit

The indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officials, who stand accused of interfering in the 2016 campaign by hacking into servers at the Democratic National Committee and stealing emails, adds another explosive element to Trump's highly anticipated summit with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

On Friday, a federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, increasing pressure on Trump to raise the matter with Putin.

Earlier, Trump said that he may ask Vladimir Putin during their meeting to extradite to the United States 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

Russia's constitution forbids the extradition of its own citizens.

The U.S. president, who attracted huge protests during his visit to London this week, is scheduled to meet with Putin on Monday in a one-on-one summit that will see the two leaders come together with no one else in the room other than translators.

Almost 300 billboards - which preview some of both presidents' most "turbulent relations" with the media from 2000 to 2018 - are posted along the routes from the airport to the site of the summit, according to a press release about the campaign from Helsingin Sandomat.

"I go in with very low expectations". "I'm not going in with high expectations".

Trump has sought to turn blame on his predecessor, Barack Obama, for Russia's election attacks, saying in tweets on Saturday that the former president did nothing to prevent it and little to punish Moscow afterward. So having meetings with Russia, China, North Korea, I believe in it.

"Nothing bad is going to come out of" the Helsinki meeting, he said, "and maybe some good will come out".

The indictment alleges that the Russians hacked into the emails of the employees of the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

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Maas welcomed the meeting, at which the USA president has said he will raise the issue of nuclear weapons reduction.

The meeting with Putin is the final agenda item in Trump's busy week, which kicked off in Brussels on July 11 with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

In reality, the president is completely at odds with his own administration on Russian Federation; while Trump continues to cozy up to Putin, the federal agencies under him have adopted a traditionally hawkish Republican attitude.

"We need other individuals from his administration in the room so we know at least someone will press the Russians on making sure they don't interfere in future USA elections", the Virginia Democrat said.

"If they're patriotically minded, they start making their contribution", Putin told foreign journalists.

Mr Rosenstein said he had briefed Mr Trump ahead of time about the development in recent days. "I did it. You got me.' There won't be a Perry Mason here", he said.

"We want to show our support to those colleagues who have to fight in ever toughening circumstances on a daily basis, both in the USA and Russia", Nieme continued.

He also listed Russian Federation "in certain respects" and China on economic matters when asked to list America's top global foes.

However, Trump and May reaffirmed deep ties between their nations in a joint press conference in Chequers on July 13, before Trump headed to his golf course in Scotland for the weekend. And the administration's broader policy toward Russian Federation is harsher than the rhetoric employed by Trump, who recently suggested that Moscow be readmitted to what is now the Group of Seven, since Russian Federation was kicked out of the bloc of industrialized countries for annexing Crimea from Ukraine.

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