Trump and Putin to hold long-awaited summit in Finland next month

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a summit in Helsinki on July 16, a long-expected encounter that comes amid spiraling tensions between Moscow and Washington.

National security advisor John Bolton in a meeting with Putin on Wednesday told the Russian strongman he hopes the two countries can find "areas where we can agree and make progress together".

According to the Kremlin press service, Putin and Trump will discuss "the current state and prospects for the further development of Russian-American relations, as well as current issues on the global agenda". Bolton is meeting Putin for talks meant to set the stage for a U.S. -Russia summit.

Schumer tweeted in response to an earlier message from Trump in which he parroted the Russian government's denial that it had nothing to do with meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

I know it makes no difference to Trump's base, and they believe that the intelligence community is a malicious conspiracy against the Donald, but every American intel agency agrees that Russian Federation meddled in the elections.

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Shortly before the announcement, Trump took to Twitter, relaying that Russian Federation continues to deny interfering in the 2016 election and to repeat previously aired complaints about former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The last, brief meeting between Mr Putin and Mr Trump took place in November 2017 in Vietnam during an Apec summit. He said they would discuss Syria, Ukraine and "many other subjects".

"Getting along with Russian Federation, and with China, and with everybody, is a very good thing", Trump said Wednesday.

"Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that, '" Trump said after the meeting, according to a White House transcript.

The summit meeting is expected to include a one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin, a working breakfast, and a joint news conference, Kremlin foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters. Every place I've been, we have had great meetings.

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"We never sought confrontation", Putin said, adding he regretted that Russia-US ties were not "on top form".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders had expressed concerns about a Trump-Putin meeting taking place either before or after their planned summit.

The United States initially sanctioned Russia over its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and its backing for a pro-Russian uprising in eastern Ukraine. When pressed if that list of issues included Russian interference, Pence conceded: "He's discussed that with President Putin before".

Trump's relationship with Putin has always been the source of intrigue, both at home and in world capitals. Absolutely not.' I then asked him a second time in a totally different way. "But the nicer the Americans are towards Putin, the more Putin will think he can get away with aggressive behavior towards his neighbors".

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