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Trump, Putin To Meet In Helsinki On July 16

June 28, 2018 - 8:43 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- It's on.

The Kremlin and the White House say the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will take place in Helsinki, Finland on July 16.

"The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues," the White House said in a statement.
The synchronized announcement comes a day after Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton held talks with Russian officials in Moscow to lay the groundwork for the summit.

Trump said Wednesday that "getting along with Russia and with China and with everybody is a very good thing.'' He said they would discuss Syria, Ukraine and "many other subjects.''
The Russian leader had two brief meetings with Trump on the sidelines of international summits last year, but plans for a full-fledged summit have been thrown back amid the U.S. investigations into alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia. 

CBS News Correspondent Mark Knoller points out Helsinki is a familiar setting for these summits.

Former President Gerald Ford met there with Leonid Brezhnev in 1975, former President George H. W. Bush met with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 and former President Bill Clinton met with Boris Yeltsin in 1997.

Meanwhile, Trump is repeating his denials of any Russian election interference as details are released on his upcoming summit with Putin. 
Ahead of the announcement, Trump tweeted, "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!'' 

Trump has continually parroted the Kremlin's denial of interference in the 2016 elections. That move has put him out of step with the findings of the U.S. intelligence community and nearly all Democrats and Republicans in Congress who say there is clear evidence of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

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