But Trump has consistently resisted the suggestion that he confront Putin over the matter, saying Putin has repeatedly denied involvement. "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news".
But the charges shine an even brighter spotlight on Trump's treatment of Putin, who has repeatedly denied that Russian Federation sought to skew the election that Trump, a Republican, unexpectedly won.
However, in an interview on ABC's This Week, National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the meeting with Putin would be "unstructured" and that Trump would not demand "deliverables". I think the DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked.
Russian Federation said it was looking forward to the meeting. "So this is an attempt to see if we can defuse and take some of the drama and quite frankly some of the danger out of the relationship right now".
The federal indictment on Friday of 12 Russian intelligence agents accused of hacking Democratic and state election computers in 2016 moves the topic of Russian meddling in the presidential election higher on the agenda for the two nations ahead of President Donald Trump's summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
A billboard is pictured on Presidents Donald Trump's route from the airport to his meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. On Feb. 16, his prosecutors charged 13 Russians and three Russian entities they said were part of a broader effort to sow discord among US voters through social media - which they used to impersonate Americans, coordinate with unwitting USA activists and even plan rallies.
Given all the "obstacles" both Putin and Trump face, it's hard to expect a "breakthrough" during the upcoming summit and Russian Federation would likely stick to more modest goals. She added that Trump also said: "Don't walk away".
Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. had urged Trump to cancel the get-together with Putin. He kind of goes in and wings it", Warner said on NBC's "Meet the Press. "There must be other Americans in the room".
It was Mr Trump's first response to indictments announced on Friday in Washington against 12 Russian military intelligence officers who allegedly hacked into the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, Mr Trump's Democratic rival, and the Democratic Party, and released tens of thousands of emails in a sweeping Kremlin conspiracy to help Mr Trump.
While the summit will likely include discussions on Syria, Ukraine and a nuclear arms treaty, the focus from outside the meeting will be on how Trump handles the charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Aides had said the US President would spend the weekend preparing to meet Mr Putin in Helsinki, but Mr Trump's tweets showed other topics were on his mind. Russia's constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries. "Certainly, I'll be asking about it".
"Going forward, there should be no one-on-one meeting between this president and Mr. Putin", Warner told reporters on Capitol Hill. He is investigating Moscow's interference in the election, and trying to determine whether Mr. Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation.
Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said the release of the charges "has no impact on Monday's meeting".