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It's Hard To Know What To Expect From Trump-Putin Summit

Topics could include an arms treaty and Russia's annexation of Crimea, among others.
Posted at 4:24 PM, Jul 15, 2018

The summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin takes place Monday in Helsinki — and it's not really clear what to expect. 

That's because President Trump hasn't publicly revealed a formal agenda for the meeting.

It comes on the heels of a Department of Justice indictment charging 12 Russian intelligence officers with meddling in the U.S. presidential election — though the meeting was scheduled before that announcement.

Trump says he'll bring up the indictments with Putin but he doesn't expect a confession. Other topics could include creating an arms treaty with Russia, the civil war in Syria and Russia's annexation of Crimea. 

Some analysts have said there's also a real risk to the upcoming summit. They say Russia potentially has a lot to gain, but the U.S. risks making concessions and getting nothing in return.

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.