Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Trump to meet Putin at G-20 summit in Germany next week

Trump to meet Putin at G-20 summit in Germany next week

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today confirmed there while there've been no specific plans for Presidents Putin and Trump to directly talk at next month's Hamburg G20 summit, he assumes they will do so, because they'll both be in the same room at the same time.

Lavrov added that the summit would provide a good opportunity for the two leaders to talk about the Syrian conflict. The meeting-which won't be formal but rather happen "on the sidelines"-was announced by national security adviser HR McMaster on Thursday".

Trump has frequently called for better ties with Russian Federation but lawmakers in his own Republican Party are urging him to be wary of Moscow.

The duo's first meeting comes after the west initially were alarmed about the relationship between the two leaders, especially after a cascade of reports suggested that Russian Federation had meddled in the U.S. election to help Trump win. "It's really going to be whatever the president wants to talk about". The United States backs rebel groups trying to overthrow Assad, and Washington angered Russian Federation by launching missile strikes against a Syrian government air base in April.

One possible "deliverable" under consideration is returning the two compounds - one in Maryland and one in NY - formerly used by the Russian government.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation is not different from that with any other country in terms of us communicating to them really what our concerns are, where we see problems with the relationship but also opportunities", Mr McMaster said.

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Trump later walked back the idea of a relationship with Putin in a 2016 interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "But if we are talking about a separate meeting, such separate meeting is not being prepared at the moment", said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in response to a question from CNN.

In November 2013, Trump said to reporters that he did have a "relationship" with Putin, whom he claimed sent him "a present" when he attended the Miss Universe pageant in 2013.

"I still do not want to comment on newspaper reports, because small tidbits of reliable information are sometimes a needle in a haystack among false reports that are published now", he said when asked to comment on a report in the Guardian, which said that the U.S. is allegedly analyzing potential concessions to Russian Federation in the run-up to the meeting between the two leaders.

He added it was necessary to seek "normalization" of dialogue between Moscow and Washington.

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