Putin, Trump meet on sidelines of G20 summit

Putin, Trump meet on sidelines of G20 summit
# 07 July 2017 16:37 (UTC +04:00)

Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are having a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit, APA reported citing TASS.

The meeting is being held in Congress Center Hamburg. Taking part in it are Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

If Moscow and Washington want to iron out pressing issues together, phone talks are not enough, face-to-face meetings between leaders are essential, according to Putin.

"Dear Mr. President, we have spoken with you over the phone several times on very important matters of the bilateral and international agenda," Putin said. "Naturally, telephone conversations are never enough if we want to find solutions to pressing issues of the bilateral agenda and the most sensitive, acute issues of the international agenda," personal meetings are needed for that.

The Russian leader also noted that he is happy to get acquainted with Trump and hopes that their meeting will yield positive results. "I am happy to meet you and hope that, as you said, our meeting will bring positive results," he said.

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