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White House: Trump to meet Putin at G-20 summit

White House: Trump to meet Putin at G-20 summit

The meeting will come at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, AP reported.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster confirmed the meeting during a briefing with reporters about the President's upcoming trip, which will also include a stop in Poland. "Therefore, this impedes solving the problems faced by the global community", the Russian foreign minister said.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies after the White House's announcement that Putin is expecting to meet with Trump in Hamburg.

But major disagreements remain over Ukraine and Syria, and Trump said in April that U.S-Russian relations "may be at an all-time low".

Russia and the United States have been going around in circles, assistant to the president of the Russian Federation Yury Ushakov said adding that this is inadmissible for US-Russian relations. USA officials, however, were uneasy about the idea.

"Putin is all about optics and symbolism", said Julianne Smith, a National Security Council and Defence Department official under President Barack Obama.

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"I find it dismaying and objectionable that President Trump continues to deny the undeniable fact that Russian Federation launched a major cyberattack against the United States", he said. Putin and Trump likely won't have trouble finding things to talk about.

Officials from those administrations say American officials initially overestimated their potential areas of cooperation with the Russian leader.

Obama met for less-formal pull-asides with Putin on the sidelines of the last two G20s - in Antalya, Turkey, in 2015; and Hangzhou, China, in 2016. "So Trump is right in that regard".

"We assume that contact will take place, since the two presidents will be at the same time in the same city, the same building, the same hall".

German minister explained. His Russian counterpart added that distorted picture, formed in Washington under the influence of Russophobic sentiments shared by many politicians, is harmful to all.


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