‘The ball is in Russia’s court’: Pompeo on Moscow-Washington relations

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Although Trump did not react publicly to the video, he "lashed out at the Russian President in a phone call", the report says, citing sources with direct knowledge of the call.

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated against his visit to London on Friday and several thousand more protested on Saturday in Scotland, where he spent much of the weekend playing golf.

"America and the European Union are best friends", Mr Tusk wrote. "He certainly wants to understand how, and whether, it's possible to deal with him", said Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor of the journal Russian Federation in Global Affairs.

President Donald Trump named the European Union as a "foe", along with Russian Federation and China.

Trump and United States officials have made clear they intend to raise a series of issues during the Helsinki summit, from the ongoing civil war in Syria to Russian actions in Ukraine to cyberactivities and North Korea.

"Russia has to be on alert and remains on alert" following Trump's demands to increase North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense spending, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with the state-funded RT news channel Monday. "I'm not going with high expectations". Putin also suggested that the two countries form a joint working group on cybersecurity that would look into the election issue, prompting Trump to say it was an "interesting idea".

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"It isn't a summit", U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman told NBC'S "Meet the Press".

On a day when he faced pressure from critics, allied countries and even his own staff to take a tough line, Trump spoke not a single disparaging word in public about Moscow on any of the issues that have brought relations between the two powers to the lowest ebb since the Cold War.

On Friday, the Justice Department laid out details of what it said was a far-reaching hacking scheme in an indictment of 12 Russian agents whom it accused of trying to disrupt the US election.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, told ABC News he thought it would be "pretty silly" for Trump to ask Putin to extradite the accused intelligence officials, "something he can't do legally under Russian law". "Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out", Trump said.

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Trump and Putin have met twice before, during worldwide summits previous year in Germany and in Vietnam.

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"We know that Trump doesn't do a lot of prep work for these meetings. But - and this may be wrong - but they had much stronger defenses", Trump said.

Friday's charges against the 12 Russian officers alleging they hacked Democratic computer networks in 2016 represented the most detailed USA accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Trump.

"'Don't walk away from those negotiations because then you'll be stuck.' So I want us to be able to sit down to negotiate the best deal for Britain", May said. He has denied any collusion by his campaign with the Russians.

"The number one priority for Putin is to establish communication with Trump".

"I think it'd be a moot point. But I certainly, I'll be asking about it", he told Glor.

Now, it's Trump's turn to remake US-Russia relations, and he's already preemptively blamed the media for misrepresenting it. There are no expectations of breakthroughs on either side, though basic common interests such as preventing a nuclear war or avoiding inadvertent clashes in Syria - where US and Russian troops support opposing sides - are likely to be packaged as results out of Helsinki.

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One Russian objective, for instance, has been to win a more accommodating approach from Trump on Russia's intervention in Ukraine, which included the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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