U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin are holding their first face-to-face meeting at G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Some hours earlier today, the two leaders shook hands and agreed to meet separately.
During his first photo session together with Putin, Trump told the media he and Putin have discussed ‘various things’ and that the meeting is going well.
“President Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it’s going very well,” said Trump in front of journalists.
“We’ve had some very, very good talks, we are gonna have a talk now and obviously that will continue,” U.S. President added, saying there are hopes “to a lot of very positive things happening.”
“It’s an honor to be with you, thank you,” he then said, offering his hand to Putin for a handshake.
“Spasibo [thank you],” Trump said in Russian.
Putin said that he and Trump talked over the phone several times, and discussed about ‘some very important bilateral and international issues’. Putin went on to say that phone talks were ‘obviously not enough’ and that meetings in person are necessary if Russia and U.S. are to resolve the current global issues.
Both U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were present during the meeting between Trump and Putin.
The meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin has been the most anticipated event of the year. It drew an unprecedented amount of media attention, as it happened in the midst of tensions between Russia and the U.S. over the war in Syria and the conflict in Ukraine.
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