Finnish Newspaper Targets Trump And Putin With Giant Billboards Lauding Free Press

Jul 19, 2018, 01:56
Finnish Newspaper Targets Trump And Putin With Giant Billboards Lauding Free Press

US President Donald Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Trump also continued to deny that there had been any other collusion between his campaign and Russians, declaring: "We ran a brilliant campaign and that's why I'm president".

European Union President Donald Tusk called on the United States, China and Russian Federation to work together to cool the global trade tensions, warning that they could spiral into violent "conflict and chaos".

Commentators on popular Sunday night talk show "Vecher" or "Evening" said Putin goes into Monday's summit in Helsinki as the stronger figure, notably coming off his hosting of the World Cup.

He again described Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation as a "witch hunt" that has hampered USA relations with Russian Federation.

It's also curious that Trump often appears more in tune with Putin's views than those of his own government on Crimea, the unity of the Western alliance, the special counsel probe and democratic bedrocks like press freedom and worldwide institutions.

Trump began the day's talks by meeting Finland's President Sauli Niinisto, who has loaned his harbour-front palace for the occasion.

Russia's Vladimir Putin said Monday he did want Donald Trump to win the 2016 US presidential election but took no action during the campaign to make it happen.

"However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world´s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along".

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands in Finland Monday before sitting down for their one-on-one summit.

In Montana this month, Trump scoffed at the idea Putin was an enemy dedicated to zero-sum combat with the United States.

US President Trump has 'low expectations' for Helsinki summit

Anti-Trump protesters gathered in Helsinki's Senate Square and marched through the Finnish capital and ended their demonstration at the square.

"We have discussions on everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China, we'll be talking a little bit about China, our mutual friend President Xi", he said.

In an interview with CBS News that aired before he touched down in Helsinki, Trump admitted that Russian Federation remains a foe, but he put Moscow on a par with China and the European Union as economic and diplomatic rivals.

The fresh indictments prompted a number of US senators, all but one Democrats, to request Trump cancel his summit with Putin.

Russian Federation has no extradition treaty with the United States, so it is unlikely that the Russian Federation would turn the intelligence officials over to the U.S.to stand trial.

But the Washington-Moscow rivalry has rarely been more bitter, and there are many points of friction that could yet spoil Trump's hoped-for friendship.

"Please get this rubbish out of your heads", the Russian leader said.

After a stormy North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels last week, Trump was accused by critics of cosying up to Putin while undermining the alliance. Trump responded by calling her the "puppet".

Putin and Trump shared an awkward handshake as they sat down in front of Russian and United States flags in the capital of Finland.

A protest sign for the summit posted on a Helsinki bus stop Monday read "Unpleasant things will happen to Journalists who ask Putin questions".

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