Summit with Putin off to a ‘very, very good start’

President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers in Buckinghamshire England Friday

Trump sets expectations 'low' for Helsinki summit with Putin

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Haiko Maas warned the President of the United States Donald trump, who on Monday, July 16 to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, from unilateral agreements, the sacrifice that would bring the interests of Western partners.

Donald Trump on Monday blamed bad relations between Moscow and Washington on the U.S. investigation into alleged Russian election meddling - and Russia promptly agreed.

Earlier Monday, the president wrote on Twitter that "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!".

Hours earlier, Trump lambasted his own government for poor US relations with Russian Federation.

The long-awaited meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin took place in Helsinki.

Putin said he and Trump have agreed to continue detailed discussions on arms control issues.

"President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said as he stood next to Putin at a joint news conference between the two leaders following their talks in Helsinki.

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"I'm not going in with high expectations but we may come out with some very surprising things", Trump said during his United Kingdom news conference.

"There are things he would have liked to do but for the time being can't, including reforming healthcare and some other fields, he also spoke about improving relations with Russian Federation".

But he added: "I think we will have an extraordinary relationship". Frankly, we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years.

Trump congratulated Putin on Russia's hosting of the World Cup football tournament, which climaxed Sunday in Moscow with the Kremlin chief in attendance. "We ran a brilliant campaign and that's why I'm president", he said.

Russian Federation denies interfering in the USA presidential election.

On Friday, the Justice Department laid out details of what it said was a far-reaching hacking scheme in an indictment of 12 Russian agents whom it accused of trying to disrupt the USA election. Trump, in opening remarks, said that U.S. -Russia relations had been at their lowest point until the two sat down face-to-face in a highly anticipated summit.

As Trump meets behind closed doors with Putin, the country is holding its breath to see what comes out of the meeting, particularly because the objective of it was never fully clear.

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Trump said, as he has countless times, that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and the Russians.

He spoke days after reports suggested Russia's new hypersonic missile announced by Putin before his re-election this spring had been tested at least three times and is expected to enter combat duty by 2020. Brennan tweeted: "Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin". "That's all the more reason why [Trump] must not meet one-on-one with Vladimir Putin, who, in the absence of US experts or advisers will undoubtedly take full advantage of an ill-prepared President".

The video was shown to Russians during Putin's reelection campaign.

Trump and Putin are also scheduled to hold a working lunch late Monday. In a March 1 speech, Putin detailed several new nuclear weapons, each time stressing that USA defences could not handle the new designs.

The two men walked into the palace's Gothic Hall together, offering brief remarks and shaking hands for the cameras before the two men were left alone - save for a pair of interpreters - for the first meeting of the day.

Trump's messaging matches the Russian government's own claims that Obama somehow orchestrated the USA election attacks.

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