Putin and Trump shake hands at G20 summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump shook hand at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. © EPA/STEFFEN KUGLER
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump shook hand at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. © EPA/STEFFEN KUGLER

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump shook hands as they briefly met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that both Presidents agreed to hold a separate meeting and would soon see each other while shaking hands.

The meeting is schedule to happen after a second working meeting of the G20 later this afternoon and is expected to focus on several issues. The following issues are most likely going to be addressed by both Presidents:

  • Syria
  • Ukraine
  • Nuclear disarmament
  • Terrorism
  • Bilateral relations
  • Deployment of Patriot Missile Systems in Poland and Eastern Europe

President Putin will likely raise the issue about the return of two diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York that were seized by the United States. The return of those two compounds could very well happen in a gesture of openness and willingness to “reset” the relations between Moscow and Washington.

Both President haven’t officially met but held two phone conversations, one prior to the U.S. election and the second one was in late January 2017 where they agreed to work on a possible date and place for an official meeting.