Donald Trump arrives in Helsinki for summit with Vladimir Putin

Ahead of Trump-Putin meeting, lack of preparation leads to low expectations: Sources

Trump has said that he will raise the alleged Russian election meddling with Putin but does not expect to get anywhere, has spoken vaguely about the possibility of halting North Atlantic Treaty Organisation war games in the Baltic region, and has said repeatedly that it would be good if he could get along with Russia.

Trump hasn't announced specific goals for his meeting with Putin, but said that "nothing bad is going to come out of it and maybe some good will come out". "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news", Mr Tusk said on Twitter.

Mr Putin arrived minutes earlier at the palace in Helsinki for the summit, which consists of a one-on-one meeting and a larger working lunch, and will conclude with a joint news conference. Trump departed for Helsinki on Sunday evening after spending the day playing golf at his private club in Scotland.

Trump told CBS News that he is going into the meeting with Putin with "low expectations", but repeated that he thinks it's "a good thing to meet".

"It's time to thoroughly talk about our bilateral relations and different sore points [.]", Putin said while greeting Donald Trump.

"It isn't a summit", U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman told NBC'S "Meet the Press". But as to impeachment, we'll see how this plays out.

But there are concrete objectives that Trump could seek during his talks with the Russian leader - and foreign policy experts and USA lawmakers spent much of the weekend signaling to Trump to use the opportunity to press Putin on 2016 election interference efforts outlined by US intelligence officials and federal prosecutors and more, without giving away too much to Putin.

Undeterred, the American president was set to go face-to-face with Putin, the authoritarian leader for whom he has expressed admiration.

He says Trump can now say to Putin that 'this is a serious matter that we need to talk about'.

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

"We know that Trump doesn't do a lot of prep work for these meetings".

"It went well", he said.

One agenda item Trump did not mention, however, was Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election, a topic Trump had promised to press Russian President Vladimir Putin on after 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted last week for stealing Democratic campaign emails. It could be the reason that he can school President Donald Trump on the latest charges handed down by the grand jury. Russia's constitution also prohibits turning over citizens to foreign governments.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Trump had made the United States look like "a pushover" and said the president's remarks "saddened" him. Trump was widely criticized, including by former CIA Director John Brennan, for meeting with Putin alone.

"Frankly, we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years", Trump said.

Finland has also been the site of previous US-Russia summits.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned Trump against making any unilateral deals with Russian Federation that come with a cost for the United States' Western allies.

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