Trump departs after meeting Finland president


Reuters – U.S. President Donald Trump left the official residence of the President of Finland Sauli Niinisto ahead of Monday’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump, accompanied by the first lady Melania, met Niinisto and the first lady of Finland Jenni Haukio for a breakfast. He is expected to meet Putin after 1300 (1000 GMT) in the Finnish Presidential Palace in the country’s capital Helsinki.

The leaders will sit down for their first ever summit, a potential political minefield at home for the U.S. president but a geopolitical win for his Russian counterpart. Neither side expects major breakthroughs from the talks beyond warm words, an agreement to begin repairing battered U.S.-Russia relations, and maybe a deal to start talks on issues such as nuclear arms control and Syria.

The two men, who have praised each other’s leadership qualities from afar, could also agree to start restocking their respective embassies and returning confiscated diplomatic property after a wave of expulsions and retaliatory action prompted by the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.