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    The G20, or Group of Twenty, is a summit among the 19 nations which have the world’s largest economies and the EU; together they represent more than 80 percent of the world's economic power. Its primary goal is to promote international financial stability. This year, Japan is hosting the two-day meeting at Osaka’s International Exhibition Centre.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with his US counterpart Donald Trump for talks as the G20 summit enters its first day in Osaka, Japan on Friday. The two presidents are expected to discuss Iran, Ukraine, Syria, arms control and other international and bilateral matters.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the at the Group of 20 (G20) leaders summit in Osaka, Japan.
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the at the Group of 20 (G20) leaders summit in Osaka, Japan.

    Previously, the two presidents met on several occasions, with their first private meeting taking place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg. The first full-fledged meeting between the two presidents was held in Helsinki, Finland on 16 July 2018.

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    • 21:24

      EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Plays Grand Piano on G20 Sidelines

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      Juncker Photographed Playing Grand Piano on G20 Sidelines in Japan's Osaka (Photo)

      BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has played a grand piano on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, according to a photo published by the commission's chief spokesman, Margaritis Schinas, on Friday.
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    • 21:20

      UN Hopeful Trump-Putin Talks on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament Will Bear Fruit - Spokesman

      "The progress and dialogue between the United States and the Russian Federation on issues of non-proliferation and disarmament are critical to setting the stage globally, and we do hope that these discussions bear fruit," United Nations spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

    • 18:41

      Macron Greets President Vladimir Putin With Russian 'Hi'

      Russian President Vladimir Putin Shakes Hands with French President Emmanuel Macron

      Macron Greets President Vladimir Putin With 'Hi' Uttered in Russian at G20 Summit

      President Vladimir Putin held a series of meetings in Osaka on the first day of the G20 summit, including talks with Donald Trump and sideline negotiations in the Russia-India-China (RIC) and BRICS formats. 
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    • 18:25

      Macron Suggests to Putin to Discuss Ukraine, Syria, Iran

      French President Emmanuel Macron has said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that he was hoping to have a discussion on Ukraine, Syria, Iran.

      The two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 conference in Japan.

      "I am glad that we have an opportunity to exchange opinions, first of all, regarding bilateral issues, to which we have added some new energy since your visit to Versailles, then my visit to St. Petersburg. There are things that we should and can improve, which we will do in the coming weeks ... Our foreign and defense ministers will have a chance to have an important meeting in several weeks. And this is also an opportunity to talk about regional issues. We are members of the UN Security Council, and I think it is important to be able to discuss ... the situation in Ukraine, which we follow within the framework of Minsk agreements and our advisers will meet in Normandy Format in July, the situation in Iran, obviously, and the situation in Syria," Macron said

    • 17:44

      Putin Invites Macron to Visit Russia in 2020 for Celebration of WW2 Victory Anniversary

      "Thank you for inviting me to the Paris Peace Forum and I will try to attend. For my part, I would like to invite you to take part in the events marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in the World War II," Putin said at the meeting with Macron on the sidelines of the G20 forum.

      The Russian president stressed that France was one of the most important foreign partners for Russia.

      "At the working lunch just now, we discussed actively some international issues that are of particular interest to both our countries. And now we can discuss all of these issues at length in a quieter setting," Putin said.

    • 15:05

      Cheers! G20 Leaders Wine and Dine Together At G20 Summit in Osaka (Video)

      The G20 leaders accompanied by their spouses have arrived at a gala dinner, which is concluding the first day of the summit currently taking place in Japanese city of Osaka.

      Before the gala dinner, G20 leaders watched a play by Kyogen, the Japanese comic theater, performed by Mansai Nomura.

      The gala dinner is being held in a guest house on the territory of Osaka Castle that was built back in the 16th century. The fortress, damaged many times since its establishment and subsequently reconstructed, is surrounded by a park, which is very popular during the cherry blossom period.

      Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country hosts this year's G20 summit, proposed a toast during the leaders' dinner on Friday wishing that the meeting will be successful in bringing peace and prosperity to the world.

      The overall atmosphere of the dinner looked positive. Before the toast, Russian President Vladimir Putin leaned to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was sitting next to him, and apparently told her a joke with both leaders laughing.

      "Let me propose a toast wishing a great success of the G20 Osaka summit for peace and prosperity of the world and for your health and greater success. Kampai! [Cheers!]," Abe said during the dinner.

      All leaders followed Abe's lead and raised their sake cups and said "kampai." After the toast, US President Donald Trump turned to Putin — the two leaders were separated by an empty chair of Abe, who was still at the podium at the moment — and said something, with the Russian president nodding. Trump was also the only leader shown by the host broadcaster, who drank wine and not sake, to the toast.

      Earlier in the day, the spouses of the G20 leaders visited Kyoto's Tofukuji temple where they fed koi carps and participated in a tea ceremony, while their partners were taking part in the summit's official program.

    • 14:43

      Kremlin: Russian President Putin Provided Answers to UK PM May Over Skripal Case

      Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has stated that President Putin provided relevant answers to questions Prime Minister May asked regarding the poisoning of former GRU colonel Skripal.

      Peskov added that during the bilateral talks between Putin and May in Osaka, the outgoing UK PM spoke of a need to look for ways to relaunch business ties between the UK and Russia.

      Touching upon May's statement about the relations with Russia, Peskov underlined that Moscow is willing to have a dialogue on various issues, including the most pressing ones.

      "As for what kind of relations there could be or could not be, it is undoubtedly up to the United Kingdom. President Putin is ready for dialogue even on the most difficult issues and topics on which there is disagreement," Peskov told reporters.

       

      British Prime Minister Theresa May and Russian President Vladimir Putin take their seats during a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) leaders summit in Osaka, Japan

      Kremlin: Russian President Putin Provided Answers to UK PM May Over Skripal Case

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting on Friday with outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Japan.
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    • 14:36

      May at G20 Talks With Putin Threatened With UK Response to Use of Chemical Weapons by Damascus

      UK Prime Minister Theresa May said at her meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, held on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on Friday, that the United Kingdom would respond to any alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, May's office said in a press release.

      "The Prime Minister met President Putin at the G20 ... As two permanent members of the UN Security Council, they also discussed issues of global concern, including the importance of keeping Iran in the nuclear deal and the need for President Putin to restrain [Syrian President Bashar] Assad’s assault on Idlib. The Prime Minister underlined that the UK would respond firmly to any further use of chemical weapons by the regime", May's office said.

      The United Kingdom, along with the United States and France, has been accusing the Syrian government of staging chemical weapon attacks in Idlib and other areas in Syria. Moscow has suggested that this has been done to justify missile strikes on Syria. Syria has also refuted accusations.

    • 13:48

      Putin and Merkel Hold On-The-Go Talks On G20 Sidelines

      Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held brief on-the-go talks on Friday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka.

      The participants of the summit arrived to the Osaka Castle for a gala evening. After the photoshooting ceremony, Putin and Merkel talked on-the-go, while going to another hall.

      The Russian leader also held on-the-go talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of a concert held for G20 leaders. They had an energetic conversation, while other officials were taking their seats in the hall. Putin and Trudeau shook hands at the end of their talks.

    • 13:14

      Two Russian Suspects Accused of Skripal Poisoning Need To Be Brought to Justice - PM May's Spokesperson

      A police officer stands guard outside of the home of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, in Salisbury, Britain

      UK Prime Minister Says to Demand Extradition of Salisbury Suspects at G20 Talks With Putin

      MOSCOW, (Sputnik) - UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she intends to raise the issue of an extradition request for the two Salisbury poisoning suspects at the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the G20 summit sidelines in Osaka.
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    • 12:56

      UK PM May Told Putin 'There Cannot Be Normalisation Until Russia Stops Irresponsible Activity' - Downing Street

      Prime Minister Theresa May has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that “there cannot be a normalisation of our bilateral relationship until Russia stops the irresponsible and destabilising activity”, Downing Street reported after the two leaders' meeting at the G20 Summit.

    • 12:05

      Putin Invites Trump to 75th Anniversary of WWII Victory Celebration in Moscow - Kremlin

      Russian President Vladimir Putin invited his US counterpart, Donald Trump, on Friday, at their talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit, to attend the celebration of the 75th anniversary of victory in World War II, which Moscow will host in 2020, and the US leader reacted positively, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said.

      "We invited the US president to come to us [to Moscow] for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of victory in World War II on May 9, next year ... The US president provided a very positive reaction. In this context, a conversation was held about the losses that the countries had carried in the years of war and about who had played the decisive role. The contribution of the Soviet people to this victory was noted", Ushakov said, as aired by Rossiya 24 broadcaster.

    • 11:52

      Spouses of G20 Leaders Except for Melania Trump Visit Kyoto's Temple (Photos)

    • 11:33

      Putin, Trump Discussed Strategic Stability On G20 Sidelines, Touched Upon Syria, Ukraine - Russian Foreign Minister

      The Russian Foreign Minister has stated that President Putin and his US counterpart Trump have focused on the issue of strategic stability during their talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka. The two leaders also touched upon such issues as the Syrian conflict and the situation in Ukraine.

      According to Lavrov, President Putin reaffirmed Russia's strategic stability initiatives at the talks with Trump.

    • 11:08

      Putin and May Hold Talks on G20 Summit Sidelines

      Russian President Vladimir Putin and outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May have held talks on the fringes of the G20 summit in Japan’s Osaka.
      Earlier, May said she was planning to discuss the issue of the extradition of suspects allegedly involved in the Skripal poisoning in Salisbury.

      Prior to the meeting Putin told the Financial Times that both Moscow and London are interested in the normalisation of relations and hopes for the first steps in this direction.

      However, a UK government representative earlier stated that Putin-May talks do not indicate a thaw in the bilateral tensions between the two countries.

      The two politicians have met only once prior to this, in 2016, following May’s assumption of office.

      A police officer stands guard outside of the home of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, in Salisbury, Britain

      UK Prime Minister Says to Demand Extradition of Salisbury Suspects at G20 Talks With Putin

      MOSCOW, (Sputnik) - UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she intends to raise the issue of an extradition request for the two Salisbury poisoning suspects at the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the G20 summit sidelines in Osaka.
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    • 09:30

      Putin, Trump End Their 1.5 Hour-Long Talks on G20 Summit Sidelines

      Talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump have concluded at the Osaka, Japan G20 summit. The conversation reportedly lasted 1.5 hours. According to the White House, the two presidents discussed the issues of Iran, Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine. 

      Both presidents have said that an improvement in bilateral relations would be beneficial not only for Russia and the US, but for the rest of the world as well. Moreover, the two heads of state agreed to continue talks on arms control with President Trump telling Putin that China needs to be included in the discussions on the issue.

      "Today, President Donald J. Trump met with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on the margins of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. President Trump and President Putin reviewed the state of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Russia. Both leaders agreed that improved relations between the United States and Russia was in each countries’ mutual interest and the interest of the world. The Presidents agreed the two countries will continue discussion on a 21st century model of arms control, which President Trump stated as needing to include China. The leaders also discussed the situations in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, and Ukraine", the White House said.

      The meeting was held immediately after the first working session of the summit. Prior to that, Putin and Trump have exchanged a couple of phrases on the go-ahead of the official opening of the summit.

      The talks started at 14.03 local time (05:03 GMT) and were initially scheduled to last around one hour, up to the beginning of the second G20 session.

    • 08:43

      Trump Touches Upon Fair Approach to Economic Development at G20 Session - Russian Economic Development Minister

    • 08:35

      Trump Jokingly Tells Putin Not to Meddle in Election (Video)

      US President Donald Trump warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday against meddling in the 2020 US presidential election.

      "Don't meddle in this", Trump told Putin at the beginning of their bilateral meeting, currently ongoing on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka.

      Trump said this after reporters asked him whether he was going to deliver such a message to Putin at their talks.

      Trump officially launched his re-election campaign last week.

      Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of meddling in 2016 US presidential election, while Moscow has firmly refuted all claims as unfounded. Moreover, US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, released in April to summarise his two-year investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and Trump's campaign team, showed no evidence of this collusion.

    • 08:26

      Putin, Trump Did Not Discuss Anything Before G20 Family Photo – Spokesman

      Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, did not discuss any topic in particular before the "family photo" shoot at the G20 Summit, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

      "No, they only greeted each other", according to Peskov.

      The two leaders were seemingly engrossed in a lively discussion when they arrived together at the photo opportunity in Osaka, Japan. They are holding bilateral talks on the summit’s sidelines, expected to focus on strategic stability.

    • 08:17

      Putin and Trump Meet on the Sidelines of G20 Summit in Osaka (VIDEO)

      November 11, 2017. Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, right, are seen here ahead of the first working meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders

      Putin, Trump Meet on the Sidelines of G20 Summit in Osaka (VIDEO)

      The presidents have already managed to have a brief "on-the-go" exchange before participating in a family photo shoot ahead of the summit, which will begin later on Friday.
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    • 08:16

      Putin Praises Joint Russian-US Effort to Follow Up on Helsinki Summit

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday at his meeting with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, held on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, that their teams had been cooperating, giving the two leaders a great opportunity to continue discussions.

      "We have not seen each other since Helsinki meeting. Although our teams have been working together, they gave us great opportunity to follow-up on that", Putin said at the beginning of his meeting with Trump.

      The Russian president noted that topics for discussion had been already outlined by his US counterpart, adding that they had issues to talk about.

    • 08:13

      Trump Says He Looks Forward to Spending Time With Putin, Hails Their 'Very, Very Good Relationship'

      US President Donald Trump said on Friday at his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, held on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, that he was going to discuss trade, protectionism and disarmament with the Russian leader.

      "It is a great honor to be with President Putin. His representatives, my representatives have many things to discuss, including trade and including some disarmament, little protectionism, perhaps," Trump said at the beginning of his meeting with Putin.

      "We are looking forward to spending some very good time together," Trump added.

    • 08:08

      Trump Looks to Dicuss Trade, Protectionism, Disarmament with Putin

    • 08:05

      Putin-Trump Talks On Sidelines of G20 Summit Begin

      Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump have begun their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit that kicked off earlier on Friday in Japan's Osaka.

      In his interview to the Financial Times published on Thursday, Putin said he hoped to discuss the New START arms reduction treaty, which is set to expire in 2021, among other things, at the G20 talks with his US counterpart.

    • 07:36

      Putin and Turkish President Erdogan Speak on Sidelines of G20 Summit Ahead of Working Lunch

      Russian President Vladimir Putin has exchanged a couple of words with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of the G20 summit that kicked off in Japan's Osaka on Friday.

      The two leaders chatted ahead of the first session of the summit and a working lunch. Their bilateral meeting is scheduled for Saturday.

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