Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump have met in the Finnish capital Helsinki to talk about “everything from trade to military to missiles to China”.
Putin told Trump at the start of their summit on “the time has come to talk thoroughly about bilateral relations as well as various hotspots in the world”.
For his part, Trump first congratulated Putin with the successful organisation of “one of the best World Cups of all times”.
He said their discussions would involve trade, the military, missiles, nuclear weapons and China, including their “mutual friend” China’s Xi Jingping.
Trump also said that “getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing”.
“Frankly, we have not been getting along for the last number of years. And I really think the world wants to see us get along. We are the two great nuclear powers,” he said.
“I’ve not been here too long [as president], it’s getting close to two years, but we’ll be having an extraordinary relationship, I hope so.”