Samuli Huuhtanen, CEO of Finnish beer brewery Rock Paper Scissors displays a beer bottle labeled with cartoon caricatures depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S President Donald Trump, during an interview with the Associated Press in Helsinki, Saturday, July 14, 2018. A small Finnish craft brewery is paying a humorous tribute to the July 16 Helsinki summit by a limited-edition lager beer depicting cartoon U.S. and Russian presidents on its label with a text urging Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to settle things "like adults."
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Finnish brewery creates quirky beer for Trump-Putin summit
(Associated Press) - July 15, 2018 - 10:29am

HELSINKI — A small Finnish craft brewery is paying a humorous tribute to the Helsinki summit.

RPS Brewing has issued a limited-edition lager depicting cartoon U.S. and Russian presidents on its label, with text for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin saying "Let's Settle This Like Adults" and "Making Lager Great Again."

The beer has been in high demand since it hit the shelves nationwide a few days ago and the whole 10,000-bottle lot had been sold out ahead of Monday's summit. Samples have also been delivered to the U.S. and Russian embassies in Helsinki.

CEO Samuli Huuhtanen told The Associated Press on Saturday that "a couple of good beers can help any negotiations," especially if followed by a visit to a Finnish sauna.

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: September 1, 2018 - 1:14pm

The top US diplomat says President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin should meet as planned on Monday despite new charges that 12 Russian intelligence officers hacked into Democratic email accounts during the 2016 US presidential election.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells journalists traveling with him that he is "confident" the meeting "will put America in a better place."

Pompeo— formerly director of the CIA— adds that it's "very important" that Trump and Putin meet.

In his prior role at the CIA, Pompeo vowed to fight Russian interference in US elections later this year.

Pompeo is scheduled to attend the summit Monday in Helsinki. — AP

September 1, 2018 - 1:14pm

Lawyers for former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos say Donald Trump "nodded with approval" when Papadopoulos suggested he could facilitate a meeting between the Republican candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

That contention is in a sentencing memorandum filed late Friday night. Defense lawyers are seeking probation for Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty last year to the FBI and is awaiting sentencing.

Prosecutors say Papadopoulos should serve at least some prison time.

In the sentencing memo, defense lawyers paint Papadopoulos as a young campaign aide who was in over his head with no experience in Russian foreign policy.

They say he was eager to show his value to the campaign and suggested during a March 2016 meeting that he could help arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin. — AP

August 23, 2018 - 6:04pm

Russian state media report that the top national security advisers for U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting in Geneva to discuss subjects including the presence of Iranian troops in Syria. — AP

July 28, 2018 - 1:32pm

President Donald Trump is open to visiting Moscow — if he gets a formal invitation from Vladimir Putin, the White House says.

Russian President Putin says he's game for a trip to Washington — but his answer came only after Trump retracted his invitation for a fall sit-down. 

The awkward back and forth is the latest round of summit drama flowing from the two leaders' controversial first meeting in Helsinki this month. — AP

July 20, 2018 - 9:02am

President Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House this fall for a second get-together, even as cleanup from the first continues with no letup.

A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader, who has long been isolated by the West for activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond.

No Russian leader has visited the White House in nearly a decade.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump has asked National Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Putin, and "those discussions are already underway."

Trump tweeted earlier that he looked forward to "our second meeting" as he defended his performance at Monday's summit. — AP

July 18, 2018 - 8:21am

President Donald Trump is straining to "clarify" his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

Trump says, "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russia" instead of "why it would."

Trump had made the comment Monday while standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

On Tuesday, Trump didn't reverse other statements in which he gave clear credence to Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial of Russian involvement, raised doubts about his own intelligence agencies' conclusions and advanced discredited conspiracy theories about election meddling. — AP

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