Russian Foreign Minister 'Likes' Trump's Tweet Blaming the U.S. for Poor Relations

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"We can do something to help people of Syria head in some form of shelter. both of us would be very interested in doing that", Trump said. The President is meeting today in Helsinki with President Putin and is expected as some point to meet with Putin while no aides are present, breaking from US tradition during high-profile meetings. "It is obvious to everyone that worldwide relations live through a hard period". In a March 1 speech, Putin detailed several new nuclear weapons, each time stressing that USA defences could not handle the new designs. "There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals".

Social networking site Twitter Inc on Saturday suspended two accounts linked to 12 Russian spies indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "He feels very strongly about it and has an interesting idea", without elaborating. "Yes, I wanted him to win because he spoke of normalization of Russian-U.S. ties", Putin said. We have 90 percent of the nuclear, and that's not a good thing.

"From Cold War to Hot Peace" Author Michael McFaul immediately took issue with the President's approach to the meeting.

After two hours alone in a room with their interpreters, Trump and Putin convened a more traditional-style bilateral meeting, seated at a large conference table surrounded by senior officials from both countries. Last week, Trump predicted a short private meeting, saying his business experience taught him the longer talks stretch, the worse they are going.

"Our militaries have gotten along better than our political leaders for a number of years".

"Russia, if you're listening", Trump said, "I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing". The bilateral summit nonetheless will be closely watched, amid concern from world leaders and USA lawmakers alike that the president may be too friendly toward a known adversary of the United States.

Trump's Monday morning tweet and his words and actions in the last week have only amplified concerns about his approach to Russian Federation among United States allies and lawmakers of both parties in Washington.

Everything from Russian meddling in the 2016 election to the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine are expected to be on the agenda for their summit here in Helsinki, but Trump has signaled he is most eager to jumpstart talks to "substantially reduce" the two countries' nuclear weapons arsenals and generally improve US-Russia relations.

Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from Helsinki, said Trump failed to highlight the issues that seemed to be viewed as the most important in his country.

"Somebody said are you friends or enemies? The Russian state has never interfered and will never interfere in the internal workings of the USA state", he said early in the proceedings, adding that both sides could look at the issue via a joint working group on cybersecurity. "I've been saying and I am sure you have heard over the years and as I campaigned that getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing". "That's a really good thing", Trump told interviewer Piers Morgan.

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. "But I could name others, also".

This was after he tweeted earlier that Washington's "foolishness and stupidity" was the reason for bad relations.

President Trump had referred to Russian Federation as merely "a competitor" just days before meeting Putin, but some say Russian Federation is actually an aggressor and has even committed acts of war against the United States and other countries with its cyber-attacks on the U.S. election in 2016 and its efforts to conquer neighboring countries like Georgia and Ukraine.