Trump and Putin Will Meet One-on-One in Finland, Officials Say

Kremlin rejects ‘formal approach’ to bill regulating internet reposts of extremist materials

Kremlin rejects ‘formal approach’ to bill regulating internet reposts of extremist materials

Thousands of cheering and flag-waving Russian fans thanked their disappointed players on Sunday (July 8) after the host nation's fairy-tale World Cup run came to a crushing end with a shootout loss to Croatia. "We have succeeded I believe, but it is time to take a step forward".

The Russian coach further disclosed that the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, was also with them in the changing room for morale boost while Putin called him twice. "What we achieved, that was so cool", Andrey, a lawyer, said next to a street corner screen that had shown the match.

In advance of the summit, US ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, briefed President Trump during a one-on-one conference call Thursday - saying that Trump will go into the meeting with "eyes wide open".

Putin attended the team's World Cup opening win against Saudi Arabia and although he has not been present at their other matches he has been keeping in touch with Cherchesov.

Putin has agreed in principle to US and Israeli demands that Iranian-backed forces in southern Syria be kept away from Israel's border, replaced with troops loyal to the government in Damascus, two Kremlin advisers said. "You are the best fans in the world!" the team wrote on Twitter.

"My guess is that that will be part of the discussion as well, but I don't want to get ahead of the possible summit conversations", Huntsman said. They know what the national team is worth. It's the first time we're in the quarter finals in a very long time.

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Russia's hopes of a home-country World Cup championship have ended with a loss to Croatia and plenty of tears, but the country's leaders, citizens, and even a prominent opposition activist expressed gratitude to the overachieving soccer squad.

Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny, who has served several jail sentences for organizing antigovernment protests, also hailed the team's effort.

"Thank you for those honest, genuine emotions that you gave us throughout the World Cup".

"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard".

"People didn't only start trusting, but loving us".

"There is evidence that Russian Federation is in violation of the INF Treaty, and we're holding them responsible for addressing that". This, in turn, is fueling concerns in Washington and among USA allies in Europe that Trump may proclaim the Helsinki meeting a breakthrough without extracting any real concessions.

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