Reuters news agency reports today that U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met face to face for more than two hours at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. President Trump and President Putin spoke through translators with their respective foreign ministers present for six minutes before reporters were allowed into the room for their statements. Afterwards the reporters were ushered out and the meeting continued.
Speaking to reporters, President Trump said, “President Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it’s going very well. We’ve had some very, very good talks. We’re going to have a talk now and obviously that will continue. Addressing President Putin during the press conference, President Trump continued by saying, “We look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, for the United States and for everybody concerned. And it’s an honor to be with you.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he discussed Ukraine, Syria, terrorism and cyber-security, Russian news agencies reported. President Putin said, “We had a very lengthy conversation. We spoke over the phone with you several times. A phone conversation is never enough. I am delighted to be able to meet you personally, Mr. President.” President Putin also apologized for turning up late to his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.