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Trump, Putin to meet in Finland

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will hold a summit in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, next month.

They will meet on 16 July and discuss relations between the two countries and a “range of national security issues”, the Kremlin and White House said.

The face-to-face meeting comes at a time of poor relations between Russia and Western nations.
NATO’s chief welcomed the talks, saying “dialogue is a sign of strength”.

“We don’t want a new Cold War, we don’t want to isolate Russia, we want to strive for a better relationship with Russia,” Jens Stoltenberg said.

Mr Trump’s visit to Helsinki will follow a Nato summit in Belgium and a stop in Britain for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May.

While the White House and Kremlin statements were both short on detail, Mr Trump earlier said he would discuss the war in Syria and the situation in Ukraine.

He went on to say: “I think we’ll be talking about many other subjects. And we’ll see what happens… I think a lot of good things can come with meetings with people.”

Since becoming president in January 2017, Mr Trump has sought to improve relations with Russia. Earlier this month, he alarmed allies by saying Russia should be readmitted to the G7 group of industrialised nations.

Russia was suspended from what was then the G8 after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Moscow has also been accused of meddling in the elections of a number of Western countries – mostly notably the 2016 US election won by Mr Trump.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton, who helped set up the summit, said the lifting of US sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea was not on the table for discussion.

Russian President Vladimir Putin receives Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin receives Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton in Moscow on Tuesday, June 26

Mr Trump and Mr Putin have met twice before on the sidelines of summits. Their last meeting was in November at an Asia-Pacific meeting.

Mr Bolton, who is known for taking a tough stance on Moscow, met President Putin on Tuesday in Moscow to set up the summit.

He said both leaders wanted to use the summit to improve relations between their countries.
“Both President Trump and President Putin feel that it’s important for these two leaders of these two critically important countries to get together and discuss their mutual problems and areas of co-operation,” he told reporters.

“It’s something that I think both feel will contribute to improvements in the US-Russia bilateral relationship and in stability around the world.”

President Putin meanwhile said his meeting with Mr Bolton had raised hopes for a full restoration of relations, which he admitted were not in the best of shape.

Mr Putin insisted Moscow had never sought confrontation and that, in his view, the poor state of relations was a result of fierce political confrontation inside the US itself.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 29th June 2018 at 8:01 am

    20th century world international order is dead and gone forever with the fallen British bandits and fraudulent criminal America with their fraudulent criminal UN with its agencies etc. This is 21st century world international order in which British bandits and fraudulent criminal America has no power, has no legitimacy, has no say. 21st century world international order which has Southern Countries Union- SCU which comprises Asia, Africa, South America and parts of Europe led by Russia, Turkey representing Europe, China, India, Japan, Indonesia representing Asia, Brazil, Mexico representing South America, Egypt, South Africa representing Africa, with Southern Union Bank- SUB, Southern Monetary Fund- SMF, Southern Secondary Currency- SSC which serves as major trading instrument etc. with its international instruments for finance, trade etc. It is up to countries of EU to decide their existence securities and freedom in this 21st century world international order- either under a union of EU and relations with Southern Countries Union- SCU or a union with North America and remain in American bondage and dictatorship mess. America must vacate Southern Countries Union- SCU territorial sovereign states and respect Southern Countries Union- SCU affairs or pay the price to the full in this 21st century world. America must vacate Germany territorial sovereign state in this 21st century world international order. America occupation of Germany under 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever. Germany is a free country in this 21st century world international order. America hijacked the 1945 war victory Russia under Soviet Union etc. played fundamental role, and used the 20th century world international order instruments which was established on the 1945 war victory, against Russia under Soviet Union etc., never again in this 21st century world international order. This is 21st century world international order. 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever with the fallen British bandits and fraudulent criminal America with their fraudulent criminal UN with its agencies etc. God Is With Us!!!

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