Has President Trump Gone Easy on Putin and Russian Federation?

US President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May held a meeting on Friday at Chequers the prime minister's country residence near Ellesborough northwest of London

The Kremlin's spokesman said today Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. leader Donald Trump would address reporters after their Helsinki summit next week but were not obliged to make a joint statement.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who like the summit host, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, was singled out in the room by Trump for spending less that 1 per cent of GDP on defence, said Madrid would also meet the target by 2024.

FILE - Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. All patriotic Americans should understand that Putin is not America's friend, and he is not the President's buddy.

"Will we be talking about meddling?"

Other accusations, denied by Moscow, include that it meddled in U.S. and European politics, supplied the weapon that shot down a passenger plane in 2014 over Ukraine and tried to kill a former Russian spy in Britain with a nerve agent.

But for Russian politicians who erupted in applause on learning that Trump won the USA election in hopes of rapprochement only to see ties worsen, Helsinki offers a precious opportunity for a possible thaw in relations.

'I will absolutely bring that up.

"I think we'll get along well".

"The proliferation is a tremendous, I mean to me, it's the biggest problem in the world, nuclear weapons, biggest problem in the world", Trump said alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May at her Chequers country residence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign affairs adviser reaffirmed Moscow's insistence that it did not try to influence the election as the U.S. Justice Department was preparing to announce charges against the 12 Russians.

Trump, one day earlier, had signed a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation declaration on non-recognition of the "illegal" annexation, but he said he felt free to change his mind.

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Downing Street insisted Mrs May welcomed Mr Trump's decision to "engage" with the Russian leader. May has had to defend Trump's visit in the face of fiery criticism from opposition lawmakers.

Trump is scheduled to meet Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.

Trump said he anticipates Putin will again deny any Kremlin interference in the election. Pure stupidity. But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation.

Other accusations, denied by Moscow, include that it meddled in USA and European politics, supplied the weapon that shot down a passenger plane in 2014 over Ukraine and tried to kill a former Russian spy in Britain this year with a nerve agent.

In the piece, Trump said he advised May on how to handle the exit from the European Union and said he "would have done it much differently".

The Russian intelligence officers are accused of hacking into the computer networks of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign and then releasing stolen emails on the internet in the months before the election.

Podesta said in an interview that he wouldn't call on Trump to cancel the meeting with Putin. The Helsinki summit will be their first official stand-alone meeting.

Most of all, the Helsinki summit provides Trump yet another live trial of his honest belief that he is uniquely qualified to build relationships and negotiate hard deals with American adversaries.

Rosenstein said he had briefed Trump about the allegations earlier this week and said the timing of the announcement was a coincidence.

Instead "maybe he should ask Putin to turn over the 12 people indicted to the United States for trial", Podesta said.

Indeed, very little happened in Brussels that had not been planned well in advance; apart from Trump sparking an unscheduled discussion about defense spending.

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