Putin-Trump bilateral in Vietnam 'likely'

Putin-Trump bilateral in Vietnam 'likely'

Putin-Trump bilateral in Vietnam 'likely'

Russian President Vladimir Putin is prepared for holding a meeting with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and their schedules are being coordinated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. "There is also the APEC summit program, so the relevant offices are trying to choose an appropriate timing and format", he said, adding that the likeliness of a Trump-Putin meeting was high.

President Vladimir Putin will meet U.S. President Donald Trump at a summit in Vietnam this weekend after all, Russia's Foreign Minister confirmed Wednesday.

Ushakov said the USA and Russian leaders may also have an "extensive" one-on-one meeting, although a specific time has not been set. "The time frame for such a separate meeting has not been agreed upon, but the possibility is being assessed". The probability for a face-to-face meeting of the two presidents is "quite high", Peskov said.

Yuri Ushakov, a Putin foreign affairs advisor, said "there are things to discuss and we are ready for it". "Putin is very important because they [Russia] can help us with North Korea".

Trump and Putin first met in July at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have plummeted as a Washington probe has accused Trump's former campaign aides of secretly meeting Kremlin-connected officials.

Russia is not now cooperating with the United States on discussions about North Korea, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reportedly told the Russian RIA news agency. "They are in a disastrous state", he said.

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