Trump, Putin to meet in Finland on July 16

Trump, Putin to meet in Finland on July 16

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. Reuters file photo

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will hold a summit meeting on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, the White House announced today.

They "will meet on July 16, 2018, in Helsinki, Finland," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

"The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues," Sanders said in a statement.

The announcement of date and venue comes a day after Putin's adviser Yuri Ushakov in Moscow said the two leaders will meet in a third country.

The summit will include one-on-one talks between the presidents and conclude with a joint news conference, Ushakov said, adding that the two leaders are expected to issue a joint statement.