Konstantin Kosachev, head of the upper house of parliament's foreign affairs committee, wrote in Izvestia that Monday's talks come at a time when "so-called "peace-loving" Europe is afraid of peace talks between US and Russian Federation".
Helsingin Sanomat, one of the country's top news outlets, unveiled almost 300 billboards calling out the leaders' respective records of rocky relations with the media.
"I go in with very low expectations". He would regard the summit as a success if there was an agreement to merely reopen severed lines of communications across the board, he said.
Ahead of the talks, Trump has refused to personally commit to the USA refusal to recognise Russia's annexation of Crimea, leaving open the possibility of a climb-down linked to a promise by Putin to somehow rein in Iranian influence in Syria.
For Russia, it is also a powerful sign that Western efforts to isolate Moscow have failed.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on State of the Union that it would be pointless for Trump to raise the issue as it's inevitable that Russian Federation will interfere in US elections.
In brief remarks ahead of the sit-down, Trump said the two would discuss "everything from trade to military to missiles, to nuclear, to China" - and hopefully "do something" about the "bad" fact that both countries have so many nukes.
"Putin has less to lose and more to gain because he does not have a domestic opposition, a potentially hostile legislature, and is not begin investigated like Trump". They expressed alarm at Trump's decision to lash out at European allies at last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. I believe it's really good.
After last week's indictments, congressional Democrats had urged Trump to cancel the summit with Putin or at least not to meet privately with the Russian leader with no advisers present. Putin is regarded as creating a culture of violence and impunity that has resulted in the killing of some outspoken Russian journalists. He referred to the European Union itself as a "foe" in trade, and repeatedly criticized it. "It means that they are competitive", he said.
The first one he named was the European Union, traditionally a close ally to the U.S.
A USA senator says it's inevitable that Russia is going to interfere in American elections and that it's pointless to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin about it.
The president went on to add that Russian Federation and China are also on his list of adversaries.
Hillary Clinton took aim at President Donald Trump's much-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling into question her former presidential campaign rival's loyalties just hours after he tweeted a congratulations to the hosts of the World Cup.
Trump is set to meet with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, as part of his foreign trip through Europe.
They were then joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Chief of Staff John Kelly and their Russian counterparts for further discussions.
Trump flew to Finland from Scotland.
Finland as a whole, which claimed independence from the Russian Empire in 1917, has historically maintained a neutral stance in disputes between Russia and the West.
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Asked whether the president would actually entertain the idea of having U.S. persons questioned by Russia including former U.S. President Donald Trump promised warmer relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin , but the head of U.S.