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US President Donald Trump is to meet Russia's Vladimir Putin today, rounding off a European tour in which he criticised his allies and was the subject of widespread protests.

Trump meets with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, three days after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for hacking Democratic party officials and organizations to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election.

When Trump meets Putin, he sits down with a disciplined, detail-oriented and experienced Russian leader who has played on the world stage for more than 18 years, in contrast to the USA president's 18 months in office. Since then, he has consistently questioned whether the country was really to blame, contradicting the judgment of 17 USA intelligence agencies.

The United States has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can't compel Russian Federation to hand over citizens, and a provision in Russia's constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries.

"I go in with low expectations", Trump told CBS.

Russian Federation is also concerned at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation plans launched in 2010 for a European missile shield that is due to be completed in 2020 with installations in Romania and Poland.

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Trump and Putin were expected to hold formal talks while both attended the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang.

"Would you ask Putin to send them here?"

Asked if he considered Putin to be ruthless, Trump said: "I can't tell you that..."

"Scoring this reset 2.0 is hugely important since it validates Putin's strategy of staring down the USA with zero concessions on policy and no change in Russian posture", said Vladimir Frolov, a political analyst in Moscow.

Mr Trump also repeated his earlier criticism of the Obama administration, which was in power when the alleged hacking of Democratic party officials took place.

The singer ended his song with the rowdy recommendation that "Trump and Putin - piss off!" as the crowd erupted into wild cheers at Sunday's special summit-themed concert to cap off a march through downtown Helsinki.

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Last week USA special prosecutor Robert Mueller indicted 12 more Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking Trump rival Hillary Clinton's computer server.

He has said he will raise the issue of Russian election meddling with Putin, but does not expect to get anywhere. "China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe", he continued. Other accusations, denied by Moscow, include that it meddled in European politics, supplied the weapon that shot down a passenger plane in 2014 over Ukraine, and was behind the poisoning of the former Russian spy in Britain.

Donald Trump has frequently been criticized for his deferential treatment to Vladimir Putin, despite Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

Trump made the social media post while en route to Helsinki for his meeting with Putin. 300 billboards on the routes from the airport to the summit are filled with news headlines regarding presidents' attitude towards the press freedom.

"Thank you Mr President for your kind words", Putin said in English, which he rarely uses in public.

Trump wants Russian Federation to help Moscow to use its influence in Syria where it is backing President Bashar al-Assad militarily to push Iranian and Iranian-allied forces out.

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