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Trump and Putin will meet Monday – Here are photos from their past meetings

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump during a photo session of world leaders on the closing day of the 25th APEC Summit on Nov. 11, 2017 in Da Nang, Vietnam. (Metzel Mikhail/TASS/Zuma Press/TNS)
July 13, 2018
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President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to meet Monday in Helsinki.

Trump expressed confidence ahead of the meeting, saying it “may be the easiest of them all.”

The two leaders last met at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) in Vietnam in November.

The meeting was said to have lasted under five minutes, during which the two leaders discussed Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, ABC News reported.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin talk after a meeting on the closing day of the 25th APEC Summit on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 in Da Nang, Vietnam. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS/Abaca Press/TNS)

Here is another shot of the two leaders meeting:

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump during a photo session of world leaders on the closing day of the 25th APEC Summit on Nov. 11, 2017 in Da Nang, Vietnam. (Metzel Mikhail/TASS/Zuma Press/TNS)

Critics had accused President Trump of “cozying up” to Putin.

Trump lashed back in a tweet.

“When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing,” he tweeted. “There [sic] always playing politics – bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!”

Trump said that a relationship with Russia would help resolve the issues of North Korea and Syria.

Prior to APEC, Trump and Putin also met at the G20 Summit in Germany last July.

Their brief greeting at the beginning of the G20 Summit was the first time the two leaders had met face-to-face.

The leaders then met two additional times throughout the summit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg. July 7, 2017. (Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)

One of the meetings was a private meeting lasting more than two hours, far surpassing the scheduled 30 minutes.

The meeting was said to begin with a discussion of the alleged Russian interference into the 2016 Presidential election, to which Putin vehemently denied the country’s involvement.

The other “meeting” took place at a dinner with other leaders present, which many media outlets attempted to characterize as a secret, undisclosed meeting.

Reporters recently asked Trump if he views Putin as a friend or foe.

“I really can’t say right now. As far as I’m concerned, a competitor. A competitor. I think that getting along with Russia, getting along with China is a good thing, getting along with others is a good thing. It’s not a bad thing, I’ve said that many times,” Trump replied.

It’s unclear how the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki will be impacted following the indictment of 12 Russian military officers for hacking Democrat computers during the 2016 election.

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