US President Donald Trump says his face-to-face meeting in Helsinki with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin was “a good start”.

After two hours of closed-door talks the two leaders went into a working lunch with their senior advisers.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Putin said it was time to discuss “difficult multi-national issues”.

Relations between Russia and the West were severely strained by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Russia is also accused of meddling in the 2016 US election, a claim it strongly denies.

According to BBC News, Mr. Trump in speaking before today’s summit said he hoped for an “extraordinary relationship” and blamed US-Russia tensions on previous administrations.

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