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President Donald Trump has requested to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in late June on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Japan, according to media reports from Russia.
Russian media reported that multiple Russian Foreign Ministry sources claimed Washington had reached out to Moscow to set up a meeting at the summit, which will be held on June 28 and 29 in Osaka. “We have always said that the presence of leaders at an event of the appropriate level would open such an opportunity,” Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, was quoted as saying in numerous reports.
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The reports were released one day before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit on Tuesday to Sochi, Russia, to speak with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about a variety of issues. Some reports claimed Pompeo would push the issue of a potential Trump-Putin meeting at this time.
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at President Donald Trump during the welcoming ceremony prior to the G-20 Summit's Plenary Meeting on November 30, 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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The White House did not respond to requests for comment from Newsweek in time for publication.
Similarly, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow hinted on Monday that Trump could meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G20 summit. China and the United States are locked in a protracted trade war.
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