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Trump, Putin summit set for July 16 in Helsinki

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Alexander Zemlianichenko | AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend talks with U.S. National security adviser John Bolton at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
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U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg. The Kremlin and the White House have announced a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will take place in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16.
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Alexander Zemlianichenko | AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with U.S. National security adviser John Bolton during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. President Trump's national security adviser is due in Moscow to lay the groundwork for a possible U.S.-Russia summit.
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Alexander Zemlianichenko | AP
U.S. National security adviser John Bolton listens to question as speaks to the media after his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is repeating his denials of any Russian election interference as details are released on his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The White House and the Kremlin announced Thursday that the two leaders would meet in Helsinki on July 16.

Ahead of the announcement, Trump tweeted, “Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!”

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev says the next month’s U.S.-Russian summit could become a historic event.

Gorbachev was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying Thursday that if Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump make steps toward cooperation, their meeting will go down in history as a major landmark.

Trump has continually parroted the Kremlin’s denial of interference in the 2016 elections. That move has put him out of step with the findings of the U.S. intelligence community and nearly all Democrats and Republicans in Congress who say there is clear evidence of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

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