Putin and Trump to have first face to face talks at G20 summit

All eyes on Trump and Putin face off

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Putin and Trump to have first face to face talks at G20 summit

In the city of Hamburg, US President Donald Trump is to have his first face to face encounter with Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin at a G20 summit in Germany.

Both leaders have said that they want to repair ties which had been damaged by the Syria and Ukraine crises and also Russia’s alleged meddling in the US election.

Prior to the G20 summit, 76 police officers have been hurt in clashes with protesters. On Friday, 7th July 2017, mass rallies are expected.

The World leaders are facing their own divisions over climate change and trade.

The two leaders are due to meet on Friday afternoon on the sidelines of G20 summit.

According to the Russian media the meeting will last for an hour, however later reports have suggested that it could be half an hour.

The main focus of the presidents is expected to be mainly on the Syria and Ukraine issues.

On Thursday, 6th July 2017, President Trump in a speech at the Polish capital Warsaw called on Russia to stop “destabilising” Ukraine and other countries.

The President further added that Moscow should also end support for “hostile regimes” such as those in Syria and Iran and “join the community of responsible nations,” he added.

The President urged Russia to “fight against common enemies and in defence of civilisation itself.

The Kremlin had rejected his comments

Earlier in 2014 Russia had annexed the Ukraine’s southern Crimea peninsula, and is accused of sending troops and weapons to separatists in Ukraine’s east.

Moscow has denied these allegations, however it admits that Russian “volunteers” have been fighting with the rebels.

The conflict in Syria, has seen Washington support some armed opposition groups, while Moscow is the main ally of President Bashar al-Assad.

According to experts, the Kremlin has been stressing the potential for finding some common ground, however the choice of words aimed at Russia by President Trump in his Warsaw speech suggests that he recognises the political danger of being seen as too close to President Putin and he is already trying to land some blows.

And it remains to be seen whether the issue of Russia’s alleged interference into the US presidential election in 2016 will arise at the Trump-Putin talks.

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