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Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin in Finland Photogallery

Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin in Finland Photogallery

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed a reporter's question about election interference as "utter nonsense" during a joint press conference with President Donald Trump.

Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and Moscow's support for pro-Russian separatists fighting Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine. Speaking before Trump, Putin denied that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in any fashion and said the country had no plans to do so in future elections.

Just before going behind closed doors though, Trump, who had not been clear about his plans for the conversation, described a long list of topics he wanted to discuss but did not mention Russia's interference in the 2016 election or the upcoming midterm elections. The United States and European allies have imposed economic sanctions against Russian Federation for the takeover of Crimea. The summit came just days after 12 Russian military intelligence officers were indicted for hacking into the Democratic National Committee and Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign during the 2016 presidential race.

Rather, when pressed about the verdict of his own intelligence chiefs, Trump stressed that Putin had delivered a "powerful" denial of any Russian vote meddling and said the U.S. investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller had been a "disaster" for the US.

Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: "'Do you know which team you play for?'" The tweet came hours after the president tweeted congratulations to World Cup winners, France, and President Putin saying: "one of the best ever!"

"Do you believe the United States is a democracy?"

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"Most importantly, we have a lot of good things to talk about". It is unclear whether Putin would agree.

The US leader, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite the election allegations, went into the summit blaming the "stupidity" of his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low. But details on the when and how this would occur have yet to be set.

President Trump was asked about this tweet, which he sent this morning.

China is the world's second biggest economy, behind the United States, and has engaged in a tit-for-tat imposition of new tariffs. The summit, which is being closely watched around the world, was not the first time Trump and Putin have held talks.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" he tweeted.

Russian Federation on the National Security Council, attended the extended meeting, according to White House officials. At a press conference Friday with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump said not to expect a "Perry Mason" moment where his Russian counterpart owned up to the interference. "It really is the world turned upside-down".