German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has warned U.S. President Donald Trump against making any unilateral deals with Russian Federation that come with a cost for the United States' Western allies.
"I go in with low expectations", Trump told CBS in Turnberry.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has warned Trump against making any unilateral deals with Russian Federation that come with a cost for the United States' Western allies.
Trump then directed his anger not at Russian Federation but at the Democratic National Committee for being hacked.
But this time Trump will share the opprobrium with Putin, with the biggest rally dubbed "Helsinki Calling!" on Sunday to focus on issues that demonstrators say both presidents neglect: human rights, democracy, freedom of expression, inequality and the fate of refugees.
Allies are nervously waiting to see if Trump sidles up to the canny Russian leader in the same way he has embraced other autocrats such as China's Xi Jinping, and even North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
Assessing the Putin meeting, Trump said: "Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out".
"I will absolutely bring that up", Trump said.
Putin was due to arrive in Helsinki just ahead of the talks on Monday.
The Trump-Putin summit is a reminder of the Cold War summits here between Leonid Brezhnev and Gerald Ford in 1975, and Mikhail Gorbachev and George H. Bush in 1990. "And hopefully, we'll have a very good relationship with Russian Federation". Putin has said Russians indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller - 13 other individuals and three entities were named in February - will "never" be extradited.
Trump's secretary of state, former CIA Director Mike Pompeo, said he was confident the meeting "will put America in a better place. I think it's ridiculous".
Trump then said that he could not take a fully combative stance to the European Union because "both" of his parents were born there.
Over the weekend, the US indicted 12 alleged Russian military intelligence officers for allegedly interfering with the 2016 presidential elections.
"[Trump] was perfectly prepared to have [the indictment] come before the meeting with Putin, "John Bolton said Sunday on ABC's "This Week"".
"I think we could probably get along very well", Trump added, referring to his scheduled summit with Putin. He adds: "You wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe".
Putin could play on those tendencies during their meeting and reject the charges against his agents as well. "They had bad defenses and they were able to be hacked", Trump said.
"It shows that the justice system, the Department of Justice, are aware of these Russian efforts at election meddling". "So, because we waste time saying, 'Well, Putin needs to admit this and apologize, ' - he's not going to admit that he did it, and we can't take on face value anything they tell us". I think having meetings with the president of China was a very good thing.
But Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation, said Monday's meeting "is really the first time for both presidents to actually sit across the table and have a conversation, and I hope it's a detailed conversation about where we might be able to find some overlapping and shared interests". Bolton described the meeting as "unstructured" and said: "We're not looking for concrete deliverables here." Sen.