US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were expected to meet today on the sidelines of the 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. The Kremlin spokesman has clarified to Sputnik that the coordination of the Trump-Putin meeting is still in process and it is unclear whether they will hold separate talks or not.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that the meeting between leaders has never been confirmed and they are likely not to have a separate meeting due to a scheduling conflict.
“Regarding a Putin meeting, there was never a meeting confirmed, and there will not be one that takes place due to scheduling conflicts on both sides,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters minutes before landing in Da Nang.
“Now, they’re going to be in the same place. Are they going to bump into each other and say hello? Certainly possible and likely. But in terms of a scheduled, formal meeting, there’s not one on the calendar and we don’t anticipate that there will be one,” Sanders said.
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Prior to this, US President Donald Trump has been expressing his desire to meet with the Russian president twice to discuss issues concerning North Korea, Syria and Ukraine.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has also commented on the issue.
“The coordination continues. It still not clear,” Peskov told Sputnik.
Putin and Trump have held their first long-awaited official meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7 and have talked for more than two hours instead of scheduled half an hour. The agenda of the taks included the crises in Syria and Ukraine, the fight against terrorism and a new framework to deal with cyber threats.