Putin and Trump to meet in Hamburg on July 7

  • Date of Publication : 4/07/2017 at 12:39 GMT
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A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump will take place on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7, Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov as saying.

“(It’s been) agreed for the seventh,” RIA news agency reported Mr Ushakov said.

The two leaders’ first meeting is highly anticipated, coming as investigations continue into possible collusion between members of Mr Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian officials and as relations between Moscow and Washington are being described as at their worst since the Cold War.
There has been intense speculation for months over when the two presidents might come face to face.

The Kremlin said the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, terrorism and arms control are expected to be major topics during meeting.

It also said Mr Putin will demand the return of two diplomatic compounds seized by the United States.

Mr Ushakov said his government showed “unusual flexibility” by not retaliating in December when then-US President Obama confiscated the two compounds, in New York state and Maryland, and expelled 35 Russian diplomats as punishment for Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
Mr Ushakov urged Washington to “free Russia from the need to take retaliatory moves,” according to The Associated Press.

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