US President Donald Trump shakes fingers with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier than their summit in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, July 16. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Photographs
President Donald Trump wraps up a weeklong journey to Europe with a much-anticipated assembly with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The summit is happening Monday on the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, and Trump shall be seeking to reset US-Russia relations, which have declined lately.
“I believe now we have nice alternatives collectively as two international locations that, frankly, now we have not been getting alongside very properly for the final variety of years,” Trump mentioned earlier than the beginning of a closed-door assembly that lasted greater than two hours. “I believe we’ll find yourself having a rare relationship.”
Trump and US officers have made clear they intend to boost a sequence of points in Helsinki, together with the Syrian civil conflict, North Korea and Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Trump additionally mentioned he plans to deliver up the problem of election meddling. The Putin assembly comes simply three days after indictments, handed down by particular counsel Robert Mueller, charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking into Democrats’ laptop networks and emails in the course of the 2016 presidential race.
“I believe I’d have an excellent relationship with President Putin if we spend time collectively,” Trump mentioned Friday. “Different individuals have mentioned it didn’t work out, however I am completely different than different individuals.”
Posing for a photograph, from left, are first girl Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Finnish first girl Jenni Haukio. Finland’s historic neutrality and its proximity to Russia made it a selection venue for summits in the course of the Chilly Conflict. Alexei Nikolsky/TASS/Getty Photographs
The Putin assembly is the final a part of Trump’s weeklong journey to Europe, which began Tuesday with a NATO summit. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
First girl Melania Trump watches as her husband shakes fingers with Putin. Sergey Guneev/Sputnik/AP
Trump and Putin pose for a photograph earlier than their assembly. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Photographs
Translators take notes as Trump offers a press release to the press earlier than the assembly. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Russian journalists watch the 2 leaders from a press heart in Helsinki’s Presidential Palace. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Photographs
“I actually suppose the world desires to see us get alongside,” Trump mentioned to the press forward of the assembly. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
The 2 Presidents arrive for his or her assembly on Monday. That is the third time they’ve met. They first met final summer season at a G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Photographs
Trump and Putin sit throughout from one another as they attend a working lunch with members of their workers. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Photographs
Individuals wave American, Russian and Finnish flags whereas watching Trump’s motorcade journey to the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Army law enforcement officials patrol the world near the Presidential Palace on Monday. Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg/Getty Photographs
Putin arrives on the airport in Helsinki. Ronni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva/AP
Trump walks throughout the tarmac after arriving in Helsinki on Sunday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Produced by Brett Roegiers and Kyle Almond