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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the USA Donald Trump, right, talk during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg

    Trump, Putin Held Second Informal Meeting on Sidelines of G20 Summit

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    US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had a second, undisclosed meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg earlier this month, the president of the international consulting firm Eurasia Group said, according to media reports.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The meeting took place during the G20 heads of state dinner and lasted for roughly an hour, Bremmer said, as reported by The Hill on Tuesday.

    The White House confirmed with CNN and NBC News that the meeting took place, the news outlets reported.

    During the meeting, Trump spoke alone with the Russian leader, joined only by Putin's translator, an arrangement that Bremmer said was a breach of national security protocol.

    The informal meeting came just hours after the two leaders met face-to-face for formal talks that were scheduled to last a half an hour but lasted two hours.

    During the July 7 meeting, Putin and Trump discussed numerous issues, including conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, cybersecurity and the fight against terrorism.

    The two leaders also agreed to implement a regional ceasefire in southern Syria.

    Trump has said that he would invite Putin to the White House at "the right time," adding that a dialogue with the Russian government was necessary.


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