In Pictures: Trump and Putin’s historic meeting in Helsinki

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US president Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have met at the presidential palace in Helsinki for crunch talks.

The meeting comes amid high tension between the two countries over a US probe into alleged Russian collusion during the 2016 elections which put Mr Trump in the White House.

Mr Trump has said “the world wants to see us get along” ahead of one-to-one talks.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin
Mr Trump and Mr Putin shake hands (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Melania and Donald Trump with Mr Putin
Mr Trump would not answer questions about alleged collusion at the initial meeting (Alexei Nikolsky/AP)

The Finnish PM and his wife
Finnish president Sauli Niinisto and his wife Jenni Haukio join the two presidents and the US first lady (Alexei Nikolsky/AP)

Vladimir Putin
For Mr Putin, simply having the meeting go ahead will be seen as a diplomatic triumph given the Russian annexation of Crimea (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Finland Trump Putin Summit
The pair appeared to be in fine spirits during a joint press conference (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

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