Peskov Refutes Claims Putin Chose 'Attractive' Interpreter For His Talks With Trump in 2019
© Sputnik / Mikhail KlimentyevDelegations, led by Russia's President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, hold talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan June 28, 2019
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The choice of interpreters for negotiations involving the Russian president is being handled by the Russian Foreign Ministry, the head of state himself does not take part in this process, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
Former Donald Trump's press secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote in her book that Fiona Hill, Trumps' former aide on Russia, suggested that Putin had deliberately selected an "attractive brunette" as his interpreter at a meeting with the US leader in Japan in 2019 to distract Trump.
"Interpreters are provided by the foreign ministry at the request of the presidential administration. Putin himself is not involved in this process," Peskov said, answering whether these statements were true.