The Russian President Vladimir Putin and US leader Donald Trump are holding a much-anticipated first meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany.
“President Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it's going very well,” Trump told the media during the photo session.
“We've had some very, very good talks, we are gonna have a talk now and obviously that will continue,” Trump added, saying there are hopes “to a lot of very positive things happening.” “It's an honor to be with you, thank you,” Trump concluded, offering his hand to Putin for a handshake. “Spasibo [thank you],” the US leader added in Russian. Addressing Trump, Putin then said that although the two of them have “several times talked over the phone, including on some very important bilateral and international issues,” phone talks were “obviously not enough.” Meetings in person are “necessary” if the two countries want to resolve the “most pressing issues,” Putin added.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were also present at the meeting. In May, Russian top diplomat Lavrov met with the US president at the White House, where they talked for about 40 minutes. Since Trump took office in January, the US secretary of state has also made a visit to Russia, where Tillerson held talks with both Lavrov and Putin. Source: