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    Merkel Says Welcomes Putin-Trump Meeting at G20 Summit

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she very much welcomes the fact that Presidents Trump and Putin met on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

    HAMBURG (Sputnik) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday she welcomed the first ever personal meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump at the G20 summit.

    "I very much welcome the fact that Presidents Trump and Putin met on the sidelines of the summit," Merkel said.

    Merkel also stated that the G20 leaders reaffirmed their commitment to free and fair trade.

    "At the second meeting, we discussed the classic topics for the G20 — the world economy, the regulation of financial markets and trade," Merkel said.

    "As for the topic of trade, we all pointed out to a greater extent that we need free and fair trade," she said.

    The G20 summit takes place in the German city of Hamburg on July 7-8.

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