Donald Trump arrives in Helsinki for summit with Vladimir Putin

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Putin's plane touched down in Helsinki 30 minutes later than planned, pushing back the start of his one-on-one talks with Trump Monday. "They had bad defenses and they were able to be hacked".

President Donald Trump attends a meeting of the North Atlantic Council during a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us on trade", Trump said when asked by CBS News' Jeff Glor who he thought the country's biggest competitor is. I have President Putin.

The sides reserved three hours for the tete-a-tete talks, which will be followed by the lunch and a news conference where Putin and Trump will answer four questions - two from each Russian and American sides. "I did it. You got me, '" said Trump, invoking a television detective.

Trump added: "Frankly, we have not been getting along for the last number of years".

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Trump's appearance with Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn broad condemnation from Democratic and Republicans alike. Speaking alongside Putin in Helsinki on Monday, Trump said: "He just said it's not Russian Federation ".

In a tweet, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan described the President's performance in the press conference as "nothing short of treasonous", and his comments as "imbecilic".

Putin pushed back against claims that his government interfered in the USA election.

The channel's report gave clear precedence to Putin, running lengthy excerpts of his comments, with fewer, shorter soundbites from Trump.

Trump has refused to personally commit to the United States refusal to recognise Russia's annexation of Crimea, leaving open the possibility of a climbdown linked to a promise by Putin to somehow rein in Iranian influence in Syria.

Trump, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite allegations of Russian meddling in U.S. politics, went into the summit blaming "stupidity" by his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low. "We want to show our support to those colleagues who have to fight in ever toughening circumstances on a daily basis, both in the USA and Russia", Nieme continued.

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Trump, a brash 72-year-old billionaire, has been president for 18 months while Putin, 65, has run Russian Federation for the past 18 years. The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, making it uncertain that the indicted Russian officers - who are not now in custody - will ever be prosecuted in an American courtroom.

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Trump also continued to deny that there had been any other collusion between his campaign and Russians, declaring: "We ran a brilliant campaign and that's why I'm president".

On Syria, Putin said the conditions were in place for effective co-operation between the U.S. and Russian Federation, whose military intervention in 2015 saved the Assad regime from collapse.

US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman also downplayed expectations, saying the two leaders were merely going to have a "conversation" rather than a "summit".

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"No negotiation is worth throwing your own people and country under the bus", she tweeted.

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