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Trump to meet Putin in Finland next month

President Donald Trump has been doubting the US intelligence assessments that allude to the Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential elections. This perpetuated as his aides announced the specifics of the forthcoming summit talks between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

"Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!" Trump stated on Twitter. He went on to question the motives of the US law enforcement agencies and blamed them for not investigating other aspects that adversely affected the Presidential elections in 2016.

"Where is the DNC Server, and why didn't Shady James Comey and the now disgraced FBI agents take and closely examine it? Why isn't Hillary/Russia being looked at? So many questions, so much corruption!" Trump further expounded his reservations on Twitter. 

The President of the United States tweeted about half an hour before the White House announced that the two world leaders will meet I Helsinki, Finland on July 16. The aim of the summit is to have a dialogue on the relations between Russia and the United States and a score of national security issues grappling both countries. 

The summit will surely garner severe criticism from the domestic political rivals of Donald Trump who have been lambasting him for taking a soft approach to Russian military exercises near the Russian border in Eastern Europe and the annexation of Crimea by Russia. President Trump has also been accused of jittering US allies and taking a stance for the inclusion of Russia into the G7. 

The meeting with Putin will occur four days after a NATO meeting in Brussels where President Trump will meet with military allies of the United States. The NATO was worried that had the meeting between Putin and Trump occurred before the NATO summit, it would have to agree to something that might have been in the interest of Russia. 

Earlier this week, John Bolton, the US national security advisor, met with Vladimir Putin to discuss the specifics of the summit. He later stated that President Trump will raise the issue of Russian election meddling during the summit. 

"I think a lot of people have said or implied over time that a meeting between President Trump and President Putin somehow proves some nexus between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, which is complete nonsense," Bolton stated while in Moscow, Russia.

Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, asserted that election meddling has been taken seriously by the President of the United States. The summit with Putin will have damaging effects on the relations between the US and the EU which are already ruptured after the G7 summit and the trade war that ensued after summit. 

Finland, where the summit is scheduled to happen, is not a NATO member and was also a neutral entity during the Cold War. Furthermore, it shares a border with Russia and its President, Sauli Niinisto, is on good terms with Putin. 

“Even small steps in reducing tensions would be in everybody’s interest” Niinisto stated earlier. Last week Niinisto received proposals from both the United States and Russia on the possibility of a joint summit in Finland to which he agreed.

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