Activists wearing the masks of the seven leaders of G7, from left, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni, British Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sit at a table eating mock pasta during an initiative by Oxfam, an international confederation of NGOS aimed at fighting poverty, ahead of the G7 summit scheduled for May 26 and 27 in Taormina, Italy, Thursday, May 25, 2017.
President Trump is expected to raise the issue of election meddling with Putin at the summit in Helsinki tomorrow; the panel discusses on The Next Revolution. President Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin arrived at Helsinki's presidential palace Monday for their historic sit-down, with the eyes of the world watching and no shortage of thorny issues to address. Trump arrived a day early, while the jet of Putin, who wrapped up his nation's hosting of the World Cup Sunday, touched down around 1 p.m. local time and the Russian president's motorcade whisked him straight to the neo-classical palace a dozen miles from the airport. Election meddling by Moscow, the annexation of Crimea and Russia's involvement in Syria are all expected to come up in the first one-on-one talks between the nations' leaders since 2010, though President Trump on Sunday sought to lower expectations for any major breakthrough. "… no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russia over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough – that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!"
CHRIS LIVESAY, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND: In the port city of Bremerhaven on Germany's North Sea coast, approximately 4-thousand American troops and 25-hundred vehicles began arriving in early January. Known as the Iron Brigade, they're from the Army's 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, based in Fort Carson, Colorado. This is the largest deployment of U-S forces in Europe since the end of the Cold War 25 years ago. It's part of the European Reassurance Initiative and Operation Atlantic Resolve -- a three-and-a-half billion dollar effort paid for by the United States to reinforce NATO. TIMOTHY MCGUIRE: I am very proud that we're a member of NATO.
OXFORD, ENGLAND – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Russia on Wednesday of sowing seeds of global instability and questioned whether Moscow genuinely wants a viable cease-fire in Syria. In a hard-hitting speech at Oxford University, Carter emphasized deep skepticism about Russian intentions in Syria, even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to fly to Geneva for more talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Their discussions last weekend, on the sidelines of an economic summit in China, failed to produce a nationwide cease-fire in Syria or a U.S.-Russian military cooperation agreement. Russia is a firm supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and their joint military operation has sometimes targeted the anti-Islamic State rebels backed by the Obama administration. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Kerry and Lavrov would hold their next round of talks Thursday and Friday.
President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump greets French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron before a concert by the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the Ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina, Sicily, Friday, May 26, 2017. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is second from left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is at center.