Helsinki Is A Natural Fit For The Trump-Putin Summit

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A portion of the February 16, indictment against Russia's Internet Research Agency is photographed in Washington, March 15, 2018.

He recalled that 60 intelligence officers were expelled from the Russian embassy in Washington in response to a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain.

The two leaders are set to meet in Helsinki, Finland on Monday after the Department of Justice on Friday indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking into the computers of the Democratic National Committee.

The indictments did reveal that attempts to hack into Democratic Party emails occurred later the same day that Trump called on Russians in a speech to uncover emails that his rival Hillary Clinton had held on a private server. But the investigation is ongoing, and there hasn't yet been a determination on possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Trump says he did not criticise British PM: US President Donald Trump on Friday denied criticising British Prime Minister Theresa May, dismissing as "fake news" an interview in which he attacked her Brexit strategy.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters stressed the indictments against the Russians contained no allegations of intentional involvement by anyone on the Trump campaign. "The Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in the USA elections", Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said Friday.

"As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength, holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behaviour for this to become a reality", she said. But I mean, why are we assuming that Donald Trump is going to do anything different than he's already done?




He said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is "more co-ordinated" and there's a "better spirit for NATO" even amid reports that he threated to pull the United States out of the alliance in a dispute over defence spending.

But a senior administration source told NBC on Friday that there was "zero" chance the controversial private meeting between the two men would be canceled. He also said any real progress on issues the leaders discuss "could take time".

He also said during a joint press conference with the British Prime Minister Theresa May that his administration was "tougher on Russian Federation than anybody".

Helsinki was most notably the site for the 1975 Helsinki Accords, which helped establish terms for how the U.S., Russian Federation and Europe would engage with national security and human rights issues.

Nadler said he didn't think that Trump should cancel the summit, but he agreed that the President should not be meeting with Putin alone.

"He should demand that", said Nadler of NY. "But it could be a good start", said Raitasalo.

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