Trump promises to raise US election meddling issue with Russian counterpart Putin

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 12, 2018, 05.55 PM (IST)

Days before the high-stakes summit between the United States and Russia, President Donald Trump promised to raise the 2016 presidential election meddling issue with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki next month.

The announcement came after Trump was asked, during a press conference in Brussels, the areas he will hold discussions with Putin. 

"We will be asking about Syria, I will be asking about meddling, your favourite question," Trump replied.

He further said that he sees his Russian counterpart as a "competitor" and not an "enemy".

"He's not my enemy... ultimately he's a competitor, he's representing Russia, I'm representing the United States," Trump told reporters at a NATO summit.

Earlier this month, there were reports about Vladimir Putin saying that he was ready to meet his US counterpart as soon as Washington was ready. The reports also added that Vienna could be a possible venue for such a summit.

The discussions between Trump and Putin will also focus civil war in Syria and the conflict in Ukraine. The much-anticipated meeting is expected to take place on July 19.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump will arrive in Britain on Thursday, for his first working visit as US president, flying into a whirlwind of protests against him and political turmoil over Brexit.