Trump will focus on Russia's 'malign' activity at summits: U.S

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The U.S. president, whose 2016 election campaign is being probed for possible collusion with Russian Federation, has said repeatedly he wants to have a good relationship with Washington's former Cold War foe, despite tensions between Russian Federation and the West over Ukraine, Syria and alleged election meddling around the world. Mr. Trump is also expected to press his argument that many North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are still falling far short of their promises to increase defense spending to contribute to the collective defense.

Huntsman cited Trump's meeting last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as having "reduced tension on the Korean Peninsula", and said that any reduction in tension with Russian Federation "would be on a much bigger scale".

"I said, you know, Angela, I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you and it means a lot more to you than protecting us cause I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you", Trump said.

This will be the first time the two have met for a formal summit.

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The prospect of Trump and Putin meeting alone has raised concern among members of the USA national security community, some of whom have fretted that Putin, who has served as either president or prime minister since 2000, will use the meeting to gain leverage over the U.S.

"We're entering with our eyes wide open, but peace is always worth the effort", Huntsman said.

"They kill us on trade".

At the end of June, Shargunov, along with his colleague Aleksey Zhuravlev, introduced a bill to the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) with the aim of establishing fair responsibility for actions that do not present a significant threat to society's safety, and therefore, can not be considered a criminal offense.

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Asked whether Trump shared his sharper perspective, Huntsman said, "The president will drive the discussion on malign activity and election meddling. We all talk about it a little differently", he said, "but the president has talked about it in his own way".

The summit will follow a NATO meeting in Brussels where Russian Federation will also top the agenda, said U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison. Trump also rejected the joint communique signed by leaders at the conclusion of the meeting, launching personal attacks against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the process. No, no. But I will tell you, the Secretary-General Stoltenberg is Trump's biggest fan. He is due to arrive in Helsinki the evening of July 15 for meetings the next morning with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.

The summit also will include a bilateral meeting and a working lunch between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin.

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