Trump and Putin to hold long-awaited first summit next month in Finland

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will hold their long-awaited first summit next month in the Finnish capital Helsinki, at what could prove a historic turning point in international relations.

The July 16 head-to-head between the US and Russian leaders will follow a NATO summit in Brussels that Washington s European partners fear will serve as another stage for Trump to berate them and scorn the Western alliance.

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Trump has long called for warmer ties with Moscow, but the talks come as Russia s relations with the West languish at levels not seen since the Cold War.

Asked about the upcoming summit, Trump told reporters accompanying him on a trip to Wisconsin: “We’re looking forward to it.”

“If we could all get along it would be great. The world has to start getting along.”

The meeting will likely provoke criticism for the US leader at home, where investigators are probing possible collusion between his presidential campaign team and Moscow.

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