President Trump met Russian President Vladimir Putin behind closed doors in Helsinki Monday; discussing a wide range of issues including Syria, terrorism, and allegations of Kremlin-influenced meddling during the 2016 race for the White House.
According to Fox News, the two leaders huddled in Finland as the President predicted an “extraordinary relationship” with Putin.
“I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship,” Trump said, sitting next to Putin at the presidential palace in Helsinki. “Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.”
“The president met with Putin after sparring for the better part of the past week with traditional U.S. allies — first with NATO nations over their levels of defense spending, and later with British Prime Minister Theresa May over her ‘Brexit’ strategy, though he seemed to patch things up before leaving London,” writes Fox.
The meeting comes just days after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a new string of indictments against 12 Russian agents over their “hacking” of the 2016 race.
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BUTCHER ABROAD: Syria's Assad Visits PUTIN in Rare Russian Summit
Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad made a last-minute trip to Russia this week to hold high-level talks with Vladimir Putin; visiting the leader’s summer residence near the Black Sea to discuss the ongoing civil war.
According to the Associated Press, Assad trekked to Russia to discuss his country’s fight against “terrorism” and his efforts to help end the seven-year-long struggle between his regime and American-backed rebels.
“It said the two also discussed economic cooperation and growing investments by Russian companies in Syria,” writes the AP. “Russia has been a key ally of Assad throughout the seven-year Syrian civil war. Moscow launched an air campaign on behalf of Assad’s forces in 2015 that tipped the conflict in his favor.”
Though the United States and Russia cooperate in the regional fight against ISIS fighters, each nation finds itself on opposite sides of the brutal civil war; with Russia supporting the Assad regime and the United States arming Syrian rebels aimed at overthrowing the dictatorship.
COLD WAR 2: Putin Unveils ‘INVINCIBLE’ Missile, Says US ‘FAILED’ to Contain Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin raised eyebrows throughout Washington Thursday, unveiling a new intercontinental ballistic missile he referred to as “invincible” and saying the United States “failed to contain” Russia’s military expansion and global ambitions.
Putin was speaking at his annual ‘State of the Nation’ speech when he pulled back the curtain on his new missile arsenal, claiming the “hypersonic” weapon can’t be intercepted by US defenses.
“I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development: all what you wanted to impede with your policies have already happened,” he said. “You have failed to contain Russia.”
Putin went on to directly threaten the US and European powers, adding that any “nuclear attack” on a Russian ally would be treated as a direct assault on Russia itself; a likely reference to the ongoing Syrian civil war.
“We would consider any use of nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies to be a nuclear attack on our country. The response would be immediate,” he added.