Finland: Trump-Putin summit to be at presidential palace

Russian Matryoshka dolls depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are on sale in the Ruslania book store in Helsinki on July 9

Russian Matryoshka dolls depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are on sale in the Ruslania book store in Helsinki on July 9

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May (not pictured) following their meeting at Chequers on July 13, 2018 in Aylesbury, England.

The US president is due to meet Putin in Helsinki for talks in which he hopes to establish a good personal relationship with his Russian counterpart.

Two diplomats told CNN that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies were anxious that Trump would be "all snarls" during the summit and would be "all smiles" when he next goes to visit despotic Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy".

Schumer says Trump should cancel his meeting with Putin until Russian Federation takes steps to prove it won't interfere in future elections. "I think this is a bad thing that was done when you feed the billions and billions of dollars, mainly from Germany but also from other countries..., the Treasury of Russian Federation at a time when we are trying to do something to peace in the world", said trump.

The fresh indictments related to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe come amid Trump's United Kingdom visit, and just hours after he once again called the investigation a "witch hunt".

12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted as part of the Mueller investigation on Friday.

The White House quickly tried to use the indictment to further its claims that the president's 2016 campaign did not conspire with Russians.

The indictment lays out a sweeping effort starting in March 2016 to break into key Democratic email accounts, such as those belonging to the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

But in Russian Federation, where the political system is obsessed with hierarchy, status and displays of raw power, Putin has "already got his victory", said Andrey Kortunov, head of RIAC, a foreign policy think-tank close to the Foreign Ministry. "This is not a Republican or a Democrat view - it is simply the reality".

Rosenstein cautioned against politicizing the indictments.

Moscow has repeatedly said it has never interfered in United States elections.

"I don't like the pipeline", Trump said, bemoaning what he said were billions of dollars Russian Federation would reap from the project. But he predicted Putin wouldn't confess.

Similarly, Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Trump should cancel the meeting and that it should not be in a one-on-one setting.

Trump said that Putin is not an enemy but "a competitor" - and that while he doesn't see the Russian leader as a friend, "I think we get along well".

When asked how that conversation might go, Trump said, "He may deny it".

"I think it's a very effective way to deal", Trump said when asked by CNN about his insulting comments aimed at Germany.

"If he does do this meeting he should do nothing less than hand Putin these indictments and the previous indictments and demand immediate extradition of all the individuals", Mr. Perez said.

Trump's remarks about Merkel drew a rare, pointed rebuke from the chancellor, whose relationship with Trump has been strained from the start, as well as from the House and Senate Democratic leaders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. But Trump, who has been in office since past year, has pursued an ostensibly chummy relationship with Putin and has conspicuously left his stance on Crimea open to interpretation. If Russia hacked someone again, this time on Trump's watch, Trump really might get annoyed at the perception that he can't - or won't - protect the country from foreign interference.

But as Trump continues to describe the Russian Federation probe as a "witch hunt", the White House downplayed the latest allegations.

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