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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on President Donald Trump to cancel a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin after the Justice Department announced the indictment of 12 Russian military officials for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Asked if Putin and Trump might strike a deal that would lead to the withdrawal of Iranian forces and their proxies from southwestern Syria, Ushakov said Syria and the Iranian presence there would feature prominently on the summit agenda.

"Putin is not America's friend, nor merely a competitor".

"We want there to be a possibility that these talks create an atmosphere that would allow us to discuss future contacts and, in particular, normal contacts in the form of visits to our respective countries". But we'll also be talking about other things.

"We've been modernizing and fixing and buying" the USA nuclear arsenal, Trump said.

"We'll be talking about Ukraine".

"I'll absolutely bring that up, but it won't be a Perry Mason moment".

Mr Trump said his relationship with Mrs May was "very, very strong".

Trump, who shook North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies earlier in the week by demanding they increase defense spending, while criticizing the leaders of Germany and the United Kingdom, said he also planned to use the meeting with Putin to discuss Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, its support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and nuclear proliferation.

In Putin's Revenge, FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team investigated how the USA intelligence community came to believe Putin targeted the 2016 US election, and how the Russian leader rose from low-ranking KGB agent to long-serving president of a newly assertive Russia with the ability to wage cyber-war in the US and across the globe.

President Trump must be willing to confront #Putin from a position of strength & demonstrate there will be a price to pay for his ongoing aggression. He is scheduled to meet with Putin in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.

McCain wasn't the only Republican senator to criticize Putin following the indictments.

"If you can imagine what reduced tension could do in the case of US-Russia and Europe-Russia, it would be on a much bigger scale", the US ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, told reporters on a call previewing the meeting last week. Still, European economies have been growing recently, making the 2 percent of GDP target ever harder to achieve, and Trump's spending demand is at least in part aimed at drumming up business for the US defense industry.

The news Friday demonstrates why Trump's approach to our allies and his behavior overseas is so risky and makes American less safe. "So he knows what he's signed up to", Macron said. Trump claimed a personal victory after telling European allies to increase their defence spending or lose Washington's support. Perhaps at the summit in Helsinki, he will further thank Putin for swinging the American election his way.

"If the president leaves the Putin meeting without ironclad assurances and concrete steps toward a full cessation of Russian attacks on our democracy, this meeting will not only be a failure - it will be a grave step backward for the future of the worldwide order and global security".

"I only gave her a suggestion, not advice", Trump 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.

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

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