Tens of thousands protest Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki

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"I would say, in fact, it strengthens his hand".

Asked whether he would press his Russian counterpart to send to the US members of the Russian military intelligence agency accused of hacking Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign, he said: "Well, I might".

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Monday that U.S.

Trump also returned to his criticism of Germany's Nord Steam 2 pipeline deal in his response, calling it "a big problem" because the project will be "paying Russian Federation billions and billions of dollars a year for energy".

Putin, who played host at the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday and was due to arrive in Finland later Monday, has remained terse in the run-up to the summit. "Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out", the president said in broadcast excerpts. They expressed alarm at Trump's decision to lash out at European allies at last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

The police said 16 or more demonstrations were registered before and during the summit, and on Sunday around 2,500 people got together at the city's Senate Square to protest against the summit and Trump.

Trump's top national security adviser said recent indictments in the special counsel's investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 U.S. presidential elections "strengthens" Trump's position in his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But he added: "Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation...over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!" Trump regularly criticizes American news media outlets and has called out some journalists by name. Their first meeting came last July when both participated in an worldwide summit and continued for more than two hours, well over the scheduled 30 minutes.

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This summit will be the third time that both the leaders would meet face-to-face.

A probe over allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election has clouded Trump's presidency. Huntsman said the summit must go on because Russian engagement is needed to solve some worldwide issues. I think having meetings with the President of China was a very good thing, I believe it's really good. His national security adviser said they weren't looking for any "concrete deliverables".

"But the fact that they meet with each other is important", he said. "He can't simply raise it, accept Putin's denial and then let him off the hook", Schumer said in a statement.

The two men, who have praised each other's leadership qualities from afar, could also agree to start restocking their respective embassies and returning confiscated diplomatic property after a wave of expulsions and retaliatory action prompted by the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.

Putin has denied meddling in the election.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul says asking for the extradition of the Russian intelligence agents indicted Friday for interfering in the 2016 election would be a "moot point".

Paul said both countries spy on each other but adds that Russian interference in the 2016 election isn't "morally equivalent" to US interference in Russian elections, but "I think in their mind it is".