Putin Keeps Trump Waiting: Russian President Is Late Arriving at Presidential Palace for Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin landed in Helsinki, Finland, almost an hour late for his highly anticipated meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump today.

On Sunday evening, Trump arrived in Helsinki for a one-on-one meeting with Putin scheduled to last around 90 minutes. The two world leaders' meeting will be the first time a U.S. president has held an official summit with his Russian counterpart since 2010.

Despite the meeting's importance, Putin's plane arrived around 45 minutes late to Helsinki on Monday morning. That, in turn, pushed back Trump's departure to the presidential palace, the location for their meeting, reported CNN. Although it is unclear why Putin is late, last night the Russian president watched France win the World Cup at the finals in Moscow.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam, November 11, 2017. On Monday, Putin arrived almost an hour late in Helsinki ahead of his highly-anticipated meeting with Trump. Reuters

The Russian president has earned a reputation for being late to meeting other world leaders and important officials. In 2014, he kept Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, waiting four hours and 15 minutes. He was also late to meeting Pope Francis a year later, as well as Queen Elizabeth in 2003.

Last night, Trump tweeted that he was "heading to Helsinki, Finland" and that he was "looking forward to meeting with President Putin."

Heading to Helsinki, Finland – looking forward to meeting with President Putin tomorrow. Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russia...

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2018

Ahead of the meeting, the president also said that U.S. ties with Russia have "never been worse," blaming Robert Mueller's Russian collusion investigation for the friction.

"Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" the president tweeted on Monday morning.

Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian intelligence agents for their involvement in disrupting the 2016 presidential elections. The FBI's probe found that officials hacked into the Democratic Party's email servers and illegally downloaded thousands of private messages before leaking them to Russian websites.

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, said that Putin will likely deny accusations that Russia interfered in the U.S. elections. "Everything that happens, all these investigations and so on—this is an internal affair of the United States," Peskov told Russia Today. "We are puzzled with many aspects of these investigations in the part that concerns us and our country, but let's leave it behind the brackets."