"They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration".
Questions are swirling about whether Trump will sharply rebuke his Russian counterpart for the election meddling that prompted a special counsel probe.
Russian Federation has no extradition treaty with the United States, however.
Soini said that both the United States and Russian Federation would like to bring the war in Syria to an end, but the progress may not be made in Helsinki. But at the same time there is no guarantee that this is going to work out, Huntsman cautioned.
During an appearance on ABC's "This Week," John Bolton, national security adviser to President Donald Trump, rejected comparisons between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and the suggestion that Trump's attitude toward the media "contributes to the authoritarian effort to undermine the free press".
Jenni Haukio, wife of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and President Trump and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, from left, on the balcony of Niinisto's official residence in Helsinki on Monday. "The Russians take the position - you can like it or not like it - that their constitution forbids them to extradite Russian citizens".
All 12 are members of the GRU, a Russian military intelligence agency.
Scores of congressional Democrats had already called on Trump to cancel his meeting with Putin in light of the indictments, detailed by Rod Rosenstein at a news conference.
Trump's diplomatic style is influenced by his decades of deal-making as much as his briefing books, and personal relationships as much as national interests.
"We had much better defenses".
Tusk said Europe, China, the US and Russian Federation had a "common duty" not to destroy the global order but to improve it by reforming worldwide trade rules.
"I think it's a good thing to meet". "So, we could do something to substantially reduce them - I mean, ideally get rid of them".
His latest statements come days after the special counsel indicted 12 Russian intelligence agents for interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Bolton described the meeting as "unstructured" and said: "We're not looking for concrete deliverables here". He would regard the summit as a success if there was an agreement to merely reopen severed lines of communications across the board, he said.
President Trump has nevertheless faced large criticism ahead of the meeting after branding the European Union a "foe".
Political analysts expect Putin to try to win concessions by playing to Trump's eagerness to one-up President Barack Obama and to reject Washington establishment thinking.
Mr Trump's explosive admission about the European Union also comes after the British Prime Minister Theresa May revealed that the controversial U.S. president offered her a very blunt piece of advice in regards to Brexit on his visit: Sue the European Union, don't negotiate.
President Trump says his meeting with Mr Putin will go "fine".
"I think it's a good thing to meet". I do believe in meetings.
Former Australian defence intelligence official Paul Dibb says the lack of preparation for the meeting and the unpredictability of Mr Trump's behaviour is without precedent. "Nobody there really believes that any good can come out of this summit".
He cited his historic meeting last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as well as meetings he's had with China's Xi Jinping.
"Nothing bad's going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out".
Trump has said he wants to raise nuclear arms control, Ukraine and Syria with Putin, who has served as Russia's preeminent leader since Boris Yeltsin resigned on the last day of 1999.