US President Donald Trump opened his much-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin by raising concerns about Russias alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
After the meeting concluded, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who was also present at the meeting, said that the US, Russia and Jordan have issued a joint memorandum on establishing a de-escalation zone in southwest Syria, in the regions of Daraa, Quneitra and Suwayda.
Tillerson discussed the nearly 2.5-hour meeting Friday between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, saying they talked about the current nature of relations between the two countries as well as the future of that relationship.
At a separate press conference, Tillerson called the topic of election-meddling "simply an intractable disagreement at this point" and said the two presidents are looking to move forward.
Protected by an impenetrable barricade of police vehicles outside the home, German authorities said it was just not safe for her to join the other spouses of world leaders on a tour of the city as protestors battled riot cops during the G20 Summit. We look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, for the United States and for everybody concerned.
"President Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it's going very well", Mr. Trump said at the start of the meeting, as both men sat spraddle-legged in chairs arranged side by side.
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It began with one of the most closely watched diplomatic handshakes in decades and ended way later than expected.
Seated alongside their respective foreign ministers and two interpreters, Mr Putin said he hoped the meeting would "yield positive results". Russia entered the conflict in Syria in late 2015 in support of Assad, turning the tides of the civil war in his favor.
Trump added: "I think it was Russia but I think it was probably other people and or countries".
Putin and Trump entered the negotiation room and when reporters were allowed in, both heads of state had taken seats in armchairs with the top diplomats sitting beside them. "The question is what do we do now", he said.
The US President robustly raised allegations that the Russians hacked last year's election, according to secretary of state Rex Tillerson.
Trump has sought to delegitimize the U.S. intelligence community's findings that Putin himself orchestrated the cyberattacks meant to influence the 2016 presidential election. The U.S. officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.
Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement represented a significant break from many allies and G20 leaders.
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