Russian Federation assumes Trump, Putin will meet at G20 summit: Lavrov

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President Donald Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at next week's G20 summit in Germany, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster confirmed Thursday, amid investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the country's officials.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on June 28 that he assumed the Trump-Putin meeting would take place on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

News of the meeting comes amid three ongoing USA investigations into potential electoral interference by the Kremlin, and accusations of collusion against the president.

One goal of the president's trip, McMaster said, will be "to develop a common approach to Russian Federation".

Since Trump's inauguration, he and Putin have shared three phone calls.

They say the issue is not Trump himself, but the stand-off inside the US political system which, they say, means the USA president is liable to be attacked by domestic opponents if he makes any overtures towards Russian Federation.

Trump has denied that he and his top campaign aides colluded with Russian operatives.

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US intelligence agencies say Russian Federation hacked and leaked emails of Democratic Party political groups to help Trump win the 2016 USA presidential election against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Putin, who has served as both Russian president and prime minister, has outlasted the previous two US presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Some advisers recommended that the president instead do either a quick, informal "pull-aside" on the sidelines of the summit, or that the US and Russian delegations hold "strategic stability talks", which typically don't involve the presidents.

Trump later walked back the idea of a relationship with Putin in a 2016 interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.

Those relations reached a post-Cold War low under Trump's predecessor, Obama.

"Given that the two presidents will be in the same town at the same time, same building, even the same room".

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