Previously, the presidents of Russia and the United States only communicated by phone.Trump and Putin first met and shook hands. Reuters photo
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump met at the opening of the G20 summit in Hamburg. The video of the first meeting between Putin and Trump appeared on the blog of the German government.
The heads of state shook hands. Trump departed from his habits and did not pull the interlocutor to himself. After that, the heads of state remained at the same table, and Trump even slightly embraced Putin.
In the morning, the US president wrote in his tweet about expectations from the meetings.
“In anticipation of all today’s meetings with world leaders, including my meeting with Vladimir Putin. There is much that needs to be discussed “
In the building where the G20 passes, Trump appeared not along with other leaders, but through another entrance.
— Michaela Kuefner (@MKuefner) July 7, 2017
At 17:00 Moscow time negotiations will begin between the two heads of state. The Kremlin said that the presidents will discuss international terrorism, Syria and Ukraine. This was confirmed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Putin and Trump did not meet officially, but several times they talked on the phone: after the Republican’s victory in the elections in November 2016, after his inauguration in January 2017, and also in May.
At the same time, during his presidency, Trump met with many heads of state, including Merkel, the Pope, Prime Minister of Great Britain Teresa Mei, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
The meeting of the presidents takes place against the background of large-scale anti-globalization protests against the G20 summit. In response to dozens of burned cars and broken windows, the police repeatedly dispersed demonstrators and used water jets.