President Trump’s upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, the White House announced Thursday.
The White House announced that the two will discuss “relations between the United States and a range of national security issues” when they meet.
The meeting will take place as part of Trump’s trip to Europe. Trump plans to meet with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on July 13, and is expected to attend a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium on July 11-12.
The summit with Putin comes amid FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump has been critical of the probe, denying any collusion and arguing that the Democrats should be investigated instead. He's also given conflicting statements about the role Russia played in 2016 interference -- but on Thursday echoed Russian denials, amid planning for the summit.
“Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!” he tweeted Thursday.
“Why isn’t Hillary/Russia being looked at? So many questions, so much corruption!” he added.
On Wednesday, National Security Adviser John Bolton held talks with Moscow officials for the summit. Also on Wednesday, Trump said they would discuss Syria and Ukraine, among other issues.
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is likely to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo within the next two weeks as part of efforts to prepare for the summit.
The Trump-Putin summit comes on the back of Trump's closely watched summit this month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, where the two discussed denuclearization and other related issues. Trump has repeatedly hailed that meeting as a success.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.