U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hand at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Trump[1] called it a “great opportunity” as he and Russian President Vladimir Putin[2] sat down together Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

Mr. Trump[3] said the U.S. and Russia “have not been getting along very well” for years, but he hoped to change that.

“I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship,” he told Mr. Putin[4]. “I’ve been saying, and I’m sure you’ve been hearing over the years and as I’ve campaigned, that getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.”

Mr. Trump[5] also sketched out a framework for one-on-one talk with Mr. Putin[6]. He did not mention election interference, despite indictments last week of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for hacking the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“We have a lot of good things to talk about,” Mr. Trump[7] said before reporters were ushered out of the room. “We have discussions on everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China.”

Mr. Trump[8] has set low expectations heading into the the summit.

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The president also is expected to press Mr. Putin[10] on areas of conflict, from U.S. election meddling to the annexation of Crimea and the wars in Syria and Ukraine.

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