USA indicts 12 Russian intel officers ahead of Trump-Putin meeting

The president has promised to raise the subject of election meddling in the meeting, but last November said he believed Putin when the Russian president assured him he knew nothing of a covert Russian campaign to interefere with the 2016 election.

The summit, which was being closely monitored by rattled world capitals, was condemned in advance by members of Congress from both parties after the USA indictment last week of 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats in the 2016 election to help Trump's presidential campaign.

The US and Russian leaders opened an historic summit in Helsinki on Monday with Donald Trump promising an "extraordinary relationship" and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world.

Paul even went so far as to equate United States' backing of pro-Western movements in Ukraine and Russian Federation to the prepositioned cyber attacks during the 2016 presidential elections.

Trump and Putin came face to face at the palace in Helsinki about 50 minutes later than scheduled and both made brief remarks before the media.

"We consider Trump a negotiating partner", said Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov.

It said the officers then "released that information on the internet under the names DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0".

Trump has called the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow a "witch hunt" and in addition to showing an eagerness to get along with his Russian counterpart, has repeatedly referred to the former KGB leaders denial of such behaviour.

The charges come as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election.

Continetti also said that the United States may be able to reach a deal with Russian Federation if the goal isn't too high.

"The president was questioned in the United Kingdom why relations with Russian Federation are at a bad state", Warner said.

Scores of anti-Trump protesters also turned out in London during Trump's visit to England earlier this week.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the indictment does not name any American citizen, but told reporters that defendants "corresponded with several Americans during the course of the conspiracy through the internet".

"I wish President Obama had been more aggressive in pursuing it", he said.

Mueller charged the officials with conspiring to hack into USA systems and influence the presidential election.

  • Leroy Wright