Kremlin: Putin, Trump will meet briefly in Paris next week

Kremlin: Putin, Trump will meet briefly in Paris next week
US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting at the Finnish Presidential Palace in Helsinki, July 16, 2018. Photo: AP – The Kremlin spokesman said Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump will meet briefly in Paris next week. Some American officials say there is a possibility that the two met.

The two presidents plan to attend the event held in Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and will discuss the possibility of bilateral talks one day later, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

In Washington, US officials say President Trump is likely to have a brief meeting with Putin. However, the right bilateral meeting will be held at the G-20 member countries summit in Argentina at the end of this month.

Trump said on Monday he was uncertain whether to meet Putin in Paris.

The two presidents have not met face to face since the Helsinki meeting last July which raised fears in Washington that Trump had close relations with the Kremlin.

Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton said last month that if the two met in Paris, then what was discussed was whether Putin accepted an invitation to come to Washington.

Last week a Kremlin aide said Putin and Trump will hold long talks during the G-20 summit in Argentina from 30 November to 1 December.

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