Friday, 7 July 2017

#G20 Summit: Trump to Putin: 'It's an honor to be with you'

The much anticipated bilateral meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Germany has held.

President Trump opened the meeting by saying to Putin; it’s an honor to be with you”, Politico reports.

Accompanied by Secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, both world leaders did not however mention any specifics of what they would discuss.

According to Politco, President Trump said in a sideline remark; “President Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it’s going very well. We’ve had some very, very good talks.

We are going to have a talk now and obviously that will continue, but we look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, for the United States and for everybody concerned, and It’s an honor to be with you."

Putin, through a translator, echoed his U.S. counterpart's friendly welcome and said he and Trump "will really need personal meetings" in order to resolve certain policy issues.

"We have spoken on the phone with you several times before on very important bilateral and international issues. But phone conversation is never enough," Putin said. "I’m delighted to be able to meet you personally, Mr. President. And I hope, as you have said, our meeting will yield positive result."

This bilateral meeting marks the first meeting between the two presidents since President Trump’s election, amid allegations that the Russian government meddled in the elections to Trump’s favor.

Russia has since denied allegations of any interference and Trump has suggested that only Russia may not be to blame, and that other countries may have interfered also.

State Department spokesperson RC Hammond has said that the meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is over and

The meeting which was scheduled to last 30 to 40 minutes and took much longer than expected as it lasted 2 hours and 16 minutes, according to CNN reports.

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