Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump will likely meet on the sidelines of the APEC summit but Moscow and Washington are yet to finalise the details, Kremlin said on Wednesday.
Both leaders are headed to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang this weekend where Trump is set to address global CEOs. “Putin and Trump both have full programmes and bilateral meetings, which have been arranged in advance and then there is the programme of the summit itself,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“That is why the relevant services are trying to determine the appropriate time and format” for a meeting between the two leaders, Peskov said, adding that “there is a strong likelihood of such a meeting”. The pair last met at the G20 summit in Germany in July.
Putin’s foreign policy adviser Yury Ushakov said it would be “logical” for Trump and Putin to meet. “We are ready to hold a separate bilateral meeting,” he told journalists. “There are things to discuss, from Syria to North Korea. There are many problems in bilateral relations. They are in a disastrous state,” he said.
Trump said on Sunday he thought “it’s expected we’ll meet with Putin” to discuss North Korea. Relations between Moscow and Washington have plummeted as a US probe has accused Trump’s former campaign aides of secretly meeting Kremlin-connected officials. Russia has vehemently denied allegations of interfering in the US election last year that brought Trump to power.