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Venue and timetable of July 16 Trump-Putin summit confirmed

Monday's meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki will include a joint press conference from US and Russian Presidents in the afternoon.

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The Presidential Palace in Helsinki Image: Tiina Jutila / Yle

A July 13 press release from the office of the Finnish President has confirmed the site of the July 16 meeting of the US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as the Presidential Palace in downtown Helsinki.

As host of the meeting, President Sauli Niinistö is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with both presidents on that same day.

According to the release, Monday will begin with President Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio welcoming President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at their official residence in Mäntyniemi, Helsinki. The release says that Jenni Haukio and Melania Trump will enjoy breakfast together while the presidents meet.

The Helsinki Summit meeting between Trump and Putin is scheduled to begin at the Presidential Palace at approximately 1 pm. Niinistö will first officially welcome Putin to the venue, and then Trump.

The bilateral discussions between the Russian and American presidents will take place in the Presidential Palace’s Gothic Hall, followed by a working lunch that will be open to a wider group in the Hall of Mirrors.

Other top-level meetings to take place

Prior to the lunch, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will also meet for discussions at the Presidential Palace. Finland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will also meet with Secretary Pompeo in the palace during the Monday proceedings.

The wider talks will be followed by a joint press conference given by President Trump and President Putin in the Hall of State. The press release gave no indication as to what time in the afternoon the joint appearance is likely to take place.

After the joint press conference, Finland's President Niinistö and Russia's President Putin will stay at the Presidential Palace to meet bilaterally.

The day will conclude with a final press conference from the palace from Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.

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