On eve of Russian Federation summit, Trump calls European Union 'a foe'

"I really would feel much better if there were other Americans in the room".

US President Donald Trump set the scene for his summit with Vladimir Putin on Monday by blaming the chill in relations with Moscow on the investigation into Russian interference in his election victory.

"Scoring this reset 2.0 is hugely important since it validates Putin's strategy of staring down the USA with zero concessions on policy and no change in Russian posture", said Vladimir Frolov, a political analyst in Moscow. He would regard the summit as a success if there was an agreement to merely reopen severed lines of communications across the board, he said. The Nordic country, which shares a long border with Russian Federation, has a history of neutrality between Moscow and Washington.

For Russia, it is also a powerful sign that Western efforts to isolate Moscow have failed.

Trump has repeatedly said the investigation into suspected Russian interference in the 2016 US election - which he casts as a "rigged witch hunt" - makes it hard for him to do substantive deals with Moscow.

"When we heard that Presidents Trump and Putin were coming to Helsinki, we understood there were going to be hard talks ahead and a lot of tough decisions to be made, and we didn't want any topic to not be discussed", Huuhtanen tells MONEY.

"Putin is a very skilled negotiator; he controls himself and has depth on many issues that Trump doesn't".

In the interview, the U.S. president also sought to temper expectations about how much could be achieved.

"Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out", he said.

The plan is for Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin to meet Monday in Helsinki with only interpreters present and no other aides.

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Trump responded.

Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin met for their Helsinki summit in 1997 with both leaders optimistic about the outcome of their talks despite tensions at the time over the enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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Trump flew into Helsinki from Scotland on Sunday after lumping Russian Federation together with the European Union and China as U.S. enemies, in an interview aired on the eve of his first one-on-one summit with the Kremlin boss.

The Kentucky senator noted that the U.S. I hadn't thought of that.

When asked last month if he would recognize Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, he replied: "We're going to have to see".

There have been calls in the US for Mr Trump to cancel the meeting altogether over the indictments, announced on Friday by US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

At the same time, the United States leader has promised to bring up the issue on Monday at his summit with Putin in Helsinki.

Trump spent the weekend in Scotland at his resort in Turnberry, golfing, tweeting and granting an interview to CBS News in which he named the European Union, a bloc of nations that includes many of America's closest allies, at the top of his list of biggest global foes.

He has said he will raise the issue of Russian election meddling with Putin, but does not expect to get anywhere.

Trump complained: "No matter how well I do at the Summit", he'll face "criticism that it wasn't good enough".

"I think it's a good thing to meet".

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

Bolton tells ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that the indictments show that the American justice system is aware of Russian efforts to meddle in US elections.

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