After a day of discussions between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland amid increasing tensions between the two nations, the two leaders are holding a joint press conference at the close of their summit.
“The world wants to see us get along,” Mr. Trump remarked earlier during the leaders’ first formal meeting, adding, “I think we’ll end up having an extraordinary relationship.”
Following their first appearance together, the two leaders sat down for a private one-on-one discussion that lasted 2 hours long. Mr. Trump told reporters at a working lunch afterward that the meeting was “a very good start for everybody.”
After two hours of closed-door talks, the two leaders went into a working lunch with their senior advisers.
Speaking earlier, Mr Putin said it was time to discuss “difficult multi-national issues”.
Mr. Trump kicked off his day by tweeting that U.S.-Russia relations were being soured by U.S. “foolishness” including the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.