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Trump Declares EU a 'Foe,' Alongside Russia and China Crimea And NATO Loom Large Over Monday's Trump-Putin Summit
Deanna Wagner | 17 July, 2018, 15:28

The US President used a stormy G-7 summit in Canada to ponder whether it was time to readmit Russian Federation to the club, and move past sanctions imposed over Moscow's seizure of the Crimea region from Ukraine.

He says, "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade".

Trump told CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor he believes there is value meeting with world leaders such as Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong-Un, and that there is little risk to the planned meeting in Helsinki, Finland where they're expected to discuss relations between the United States and Russian Federation and a range of national security issues.

Putin wants the US and its allies to lift sanctions, pull back North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces deployed near Russia's borders and restore business as usual with Moscow. Look, EU is very hard.

"I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it".

"America and the European Union are best friends".

Asked whether he would press his Russian counterpart to send to the U.S. members of the Russian military intelligence agency accused of hacking Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign, he said: "Well, I might. They had bad defenses and they were able to be hacked", Trump said. He also told CBS that he was going into it with "low expectations". Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said it would be "pretty silly" for Trump to ask Putin to hand over the indicted Russians.

Trump also spoke to Putin using Russia's translator; the US translator did not speak Russian.

Bolton tells ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that the indictments show that the American justice system is aware of Russian efforts to meddle in US elections.

When Trump meets Putin, he will sit down with a disciplined, detail-oriented and experienced Russian leader who has been on the world stage for more than 18 years, in contrast to 18 months in office for Trump.

They have met twice before on the sidelines of global summits. Last November, in Vietnam, they agreed to maintain open military channels of communications between their forces in Syria.

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She added that Trump also said: "Don't walk away". Trump's national security adviser said they aren't looking for "concrete deliverables".

Mr Trump has said he will raise the issue of Russian election meddling with Mr Putin, in addition to Syria, Ukraine, nuclear proliferation and other topics. Other issues include the potential for nuclear arms talks and North Korea's nuclear challenge, given that US officials have said Russian Federation had worked in the past to help Pyongyang circumvent worldwide sanctions.

The meeting is overdue and necessary, according to Valery Garbuzov, Director of the Institute for the US and Canadian Studies of Russian Academy of Sciences. Trump has also said he has low expectations for the meeting, which could be overshadowed by accusations that Russians meddled in the USA 2016 election.

Interviewed on ABC'S "This Week", Bolton said the summit will start with a "direct one-on-one conversation" between Trump and Putin and what happens from there "will be determined by the two parties".

The United States has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can't compel Russian Federation to hand over citizens, and a provision in Russia's constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries.

The source said Trump has been fired up about making progress on extending the U.S. and Russia's denuclearization treaty, now known as New Start which is set to expire in 2021.

'The administration has a pretty good policy towards Russian Federation, just the president doesn't agree with it, ' said Michael McFaul, a former USA ambassador to Russian Federation under Obama.

Warner, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" that he believes Putin could take advantage of Trump.

"We know that Trump doesn't do a lot of prep work for these meetings".

Warner tells NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that Trump "has been completely reluctant to call out Putin as a bad actor". I believe it's really good.

"It shows that the justice system, the Department of Justice, are aware of these Russian efforts at election meddling", he said.