United States President, Donald Trump, met with Russia’s Vladimir Putin today ending a tumultuous European tour in which he criticised his allies.
Trump said he had “low expectations” ahead of the talks in the Finnish capital, Helsinki,
Trump later described his one-on-one meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin as a “good start” which something good would come of them.
The summit cames after 12 Russians were charged with hacking in the 2016 US elections.
The US President said it was “a good start, a very good start for everybody” as the two leaders and their top advisers sat across the table from one another during a working lunch.
It followed more than two hours of one-on-one discussions involving just the US and Russian leaders, with only translators present. The White House had scheduled 90 minutes for that meeting.
Trump was joined at the luncheon by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman and other top aides.
The pair were seated alongside each other at the Finnish Presidential Palace in Helsinki, the capital city, ahead of hours of meetings.
Mr Trump begun by saying: “First of all Mr President I’d like to congratulate you on a really great World Cup.
“One of the best ever, from what everybody tells me. And also for your team itself doing so well.”
Russia unexpectedly made the quarter finals of the competition, knocking out former champions Spain along the way.