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Putin & Trump will likely have contact on sidelines of G20 - Lavrov

Putin & Trump will likely have contact on sidelines of G20 - Lavrov Putin & Trump will likely have contact on sidelines of G20 - Lavrov
Lance Thomas | 30 June, 2017, 00:21

Moscow believes that a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump will take place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday, TASS reported.

One goal of the president's trip, McMaster said, will be "to develop a common approach to Russian Federation".

Trump will also meet with other world leaders, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said.

Last week the Washington Post reported that the Central Intelligence Agency had top-level intelligence last August that Putin personally ordered an operation to help Trump win the U.S. presidential race.

In the last days of his presidency, Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking USA political groups in the 2016 election. Trump has staunchly denied that he had any contacts with Russian Federation during his White House bid.

They say the issue is not Trump himself, but the stand-off inside the US political system which, they say, means the USA president is liable to be attacked by domestic opponents if he makes any overtures towards Russian Federation.

The two superpowers also face an array of contentious foreign-policy issues, reaching from Syria to Ukraine to North Korea.

The first personal meeting of the leaders may become a reality next week: presidents of Russian Federation and United States of America will be at the same time in the same city, the same building, the same hall.

Trump's early warmth toward Putin - and his blunt criticism of America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for not spending enough on defense - have rattled many in Europe, and particularly in places like Ukraine and the tiny Baltic countries.

Evidence supports that the Russians targeted the Democratic Party's computer systems because Vladimir Putin feared having Hillary Clinton as president, rather than Donald Trump.

It was during that call that the leaders agreed to seek a face-to-face meeting in Hamburg.

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