These Are The Russians Indicted For Hacking Democrats In 2016 Election

Trump names EU a global foe, raps media before Putin summit

Air Force One touched down at Helsinki Airport at 20:55 on Sunday evening carrying US President Donald Trump ahead of a historic planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russian Federation is targeting this year's midterm elections with the same "scale or scope" it targeted the 2016 presidential election.

The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russian Federation.

Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki follows a European tour in which the USA president bickered with European allies at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and publicly criticised Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy in the United Kingdom where his visit was met by large protests.

Almost 300 billboards - which preview some of both presidents' most "turbulent relations" with the media from 2000 to 2018 - are posted along the routes from the airport to the site of the summit, according to a press release about the campaign from Helsingin Sandomat.

"I go in with low expectations", Trump told CBS in the same interview.

"I'm not going with high expectations", he said.

On the eve of his meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump rattled allies once more by labeling the European Union a "foe" with regard to trade.

GRU officers "in their official capacities engaged in a sustained effort to hack into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton", a Justice Department statement said.

"He told me I should sue the European Union - not go into negotiations", May told the BBC.




The Foreign Ministry called the indictments "a shameful comedy" and said they were aimed at disrupting the Helsinki summit.

U.S. partners will be watching to see whether Trump presses the meddling issue aggressively.

Trump and Putin have held talks several times before.

"The summit will fail, or will be viewed as a failure, if the President of the United States does not - either in the press conference or in Helsinki - publicly announce that the Russians have been interfering in our political system and in our elections, and that there will be consequences if they don't stop", Aaron David Miller, an analyst at the Wilson Center, told Al Jazeera.

"I think the DNC [Democratic National Committee] should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked", he said.

"It's a meeting. This is an attempt to see if we can defuse and take some of the drama, and quite frankly some of the danger, out of the relationship right now". They released the indictment two days before Mr. Trump is to meet with Mr. Putin, raising the stakes for the meeting and implicitly pressuring Trump to speak directly to his Russian counterpart about the situation. But that doesn't mean they are bad.

Defendants include four former Trump campaign and White House aides, three of whom have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate, and 13 Russians accused in a powerful social media campaign to sway US public opinion in 2016. Democratic leaders have called for Mr Trump to cancel the summit in the light of the indictments. So having meetings with Russia, China, North Korea, I believe in it.

"The state of bilateral relations is very bad", Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov said Friday.

Both leaders were also greeted with a large billboard advertisement purchased by Helsingin Sanomat, the nation's largest newspaper, which bashed the Trump and Putin as being enemies of journalism and a free press.

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