President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a summit in Helsinki on Monday. He has said he has “low expectations” for the meeting, but he is under obligation to confront Putin over alleged meddling by Moscow in the 2016 presidential election.
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Putin has regularly denied interference by Moscow in the 2016 election, and Trump has often taken the dismissals at face value. But he faces further pressure to confront Putin after a federal grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence agents in a plot to hack into the emails of Democratic campaign officials and leak those emails via Russian-sponsored websites.
That's apart from more than a dozen Russians earlier indicted for conspiracy, wire fraud, and identity theft as part of an effort to disseminate propaganda through social media sites.
The United States does not have an extradition agreement with Russia, so aides said it's doubtful that the president would seek to get Russia to turn over the intelligence agents charged last week. “I think it’s pretty silly for the president to demand something that he can’t get legally,’’ National Security Adviser John Bolton said on ABC's This Week.
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