WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump’s plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local):
Germany’s foreign minister is welcoming the prospect of a meeting between U.S. and Russian leaders on the sidelines of next week’s Group of 20 summit in Hamburg. He says the two countries are needed to solve the world’s conflicts.
President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet for the first time amid hopes that the pair can find common goals on issues such as Syria, on which they have major disagreements.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told foreign reporters in Berlin on Friday that “we need these two countries’ ability to agree in many conflicts in the world.”
Gabriel added that “it would be almost strange if they were in one city at the same meeting” and didn’t get together.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he hopes that “pragmatism will prevail” at the upcoming talks between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Thursday that Trump will meet with Putin along the sidelines of the annual Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, in the first and much-anticipated meeting of the two leaders.
Lavrov indicated in televised remarks on Friday that Moscow is optimistic about the talks, saying that “judging by the talks on the phone both are willing to overcome the abnormality that dominates our relations.”
Lavrov said he hopes that “pragmatism will prevail” at the talks and both countries will agree that “it is more efficient to ensure national interests in concert, not solo.”
Meeting face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy will be put to the test if he opts to confront Russia over intelligence that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Thursday that Trump will meet with Putin along the sidelines of the annual Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, part of an itinerary that will include meetings with several world leaders.
Trump will face the challenge of working with Russia toward common goals in Syria and Ukraine, while also potentially broaching allegations about Moscow’s interferences in the U.S. elections and accusations that some of his associates may have had contact with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign and the transition.
Associated Press writer Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed to this report.
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