Putin, Trump to meet at G-20 Summit

Geneva Matthews
June 30, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, the White House said Thursday.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Putin on Thursday that Germany hoped to bring him together with Trump at the summit.

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.

That has included some types of sanctions relief and the potential return of two properties in the United States to Russian control, according to two administration officials.

The first face-to-face encounter between the two leaders will come amid tensions between the USA and Russian Federation as the two countries hold differences on a slew of issues, including the Syrian conflict, the Ukrainian crisis and the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

"We repeat that President Putin and President Trump will be participating in G20 summit. 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.

"No preparations for the meeting are underway, no progress yet", he said.

"Our relationship is at an all-time low, and it's been deteriorating further". Obama's last formal bilateral meeting with Putin was on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in 2015.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation really isn't different", added McMaster, who did note that Trump would discuss "irritants" with Putin when the pair finally meets next week in Germany.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with Trump at the White House on Tuesday in what he himself said was an attempt to "arm" the U.S. president with information ahead of his meeting with Putin. "It won't be right, I guess, if they aren't able to talk there and to discuss a lot of issues". "Washington's view has been distorted by the hatred against Russian Federation that engulfed numerous politicians".

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