Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on President Donald Trump to cancel a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin after the Justice Department announced the indictment of 12 Russian military officials for meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.
Trump said he plans to raise Russian election meddling and arms control issues in his meeting with Putin and that he is "not happy about Crimea".
He noted that talks would cover Putin's war in Syria, his other war in Ukraine, Russia's annexation of Crimea, and its meddling in the 2016 USA election.
US and Russian officials have said next week's talks will touch on every major point of tension between the two countries - the Kremlin's meddling in the 2016 election, its military incursions into Ukraine and Syria, Moscow's saber-rattling toward North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, and USA economic sanctions meant to punish Russia for its actions.
The US president said he would be discussing Syria, the Middle East, Ukraine and nuclear proliferation.
Trump's campaign and transition team have been accused of colluding with Russian agents in an effort to influence the 2016 U.S. election against Hillary Clinton.
'I will absolutely bring that up.
Jack Reed said Trump should cancel the meeting outright.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers in connection with the hacking of Democratic Party institutions and Hillary Clinton's campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
He may deny it, ' Trump said.
It also comes three days before Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Finland.
"If he does do this meeting he should do nothing less than hand Putin these indictments and the previous indictments and demand immediate extradition of all the individuals", Mr. Perez said.
'If they do that, then their trade deal with the United States will probably not be made'. "These units conducted large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election".
The news Friday demonstrates why Trump's approach to our allies and his behavior overseas is so unsafe and makes American less safe. Perhaps that is why Trump wants to meet with Putin alone.
One of the other stunners in Friday's indictment is the revelation that it was known that Trump campaign officials were communicating with Guccifer 2.0 - a Russian hacker proven to be connected to Russian intelligence - about the information hacked and released publicly.
"Based on just the way things are shaping up, I think a non-eventful Helsinki meeting might be best for our country", Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations committee, told Reuters. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, called on Trump to demand that Putin hand over all of the alleged Russian spies indicted by the US, and urged the Treasury Department to immediately impose sanctions Congress has mandated on the Russian intelligence officers indicted.
Democrats railed against Trump's European tour, and said they were wary of the upcoming, one-on-one meeting with Putin. Also included in the sanctions were limits on the administration's ability to ease the measures, a provision Trump strongly opposed.
Despite Russia's semi-pariah status among some Americans and United States allies, the Kremlin has always been trying to arrange a summit, betting that Putin and Trump will get on well and stop a sharp downwards spiral in bilateral ties.
"This was an Obama disaster", Trump said.
'I think that really hurts our country and it really hurts our relations with Russia, ' Trump said.