Donald Trump to challenge Putin over election meddling at Helsinki summit

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Republican US senators met with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on a rare visit to Moscow Tuesday ahead of a summit between the countries' presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

'In each of those meetings we had just yesterday with the Duma and with the Federation Council of Russia, election meddling was stressed in ways that has never been discussed before, ' Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. told reporters in a call organized by the White House. The two will meet alone, before being joined by their advisers for an extended.

Briefing reporters ahead of the trip, the ambassador, Jon Huntsman, was asked what the president hoped to achieve by meeting yet again with the leader of a country USA intelligence officials have concluded undermined U.S. democracy by meddling in the 2016 election to help Trump win, among a long list of hostile actions. The two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral relations, national security and top worldwide issues.

"We come here realizing that we have a strained relationship, but we could have a better relationship between the USA and Russian Federation, because we have some common interests around the world that we could hopefully work together on", Shelby told Lavrov at the start of their meeting.

As the upcoming Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin summit draws near, Fox News host Melissa Francis is reminding people it's essential for the president to challenge Russian Federation for their interference in American politics.

Those findings were endorsed earlier this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee. "We have to be vocal about it, on guard about it", said Francis.

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Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the conclusion of the USA intelligence community that Russian Federation meddled in the election and has dismissed the investigation into potential collusion with members of his campaign as a "witch hunt" meant to delegitimise his presidency.

Other topics such as Macedonia's hopes of joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the sovereignty of Georgia and Ukraine, and stabilising Afghanistan and Iraq to minimise the terrorist threat will also feature. Washington hit Moscow with economic sanctions in 2014 for its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula and has criticized Russian Federation for fueling the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Other topics "are a question of time the head of states will decide to allocate for this meeting", he added.

He has also made veiled threats about pulling US troops out of Europe, and, in the past, suggested that Washington might not observe the alliance's most important feature: that an attack on one member should be considered an attack on all members.

"Everyone has the same goal: a strong deterrent, an alliance that is unified, an alliance that can face any of the threats that any of our members might face", she told reporters.