Meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, 16 July 2018

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Publication Date 16/07/2018
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The Presidents of Russia and the United States of America, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, held a meeting in Helsinki on 16 July 2018, in an attempt to de-escalate the tension between the two countries.

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The decision to hold the summit was received with astonishment by the West, and by Europe in particular. The meeting took place following a NATO summit which highlighted the strained relations between the Unites States and some of its traditional allies.

Standing side by side with Mr Putin, Donald Trump refused to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the 2016 US election, casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies. He also said nothing about the situation in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

Mr Trump's performance at the joint news conference with Mr Putin stirred a wave of condemnation in the US, including criticism from within his own party.

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