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G20 summit: Trump and Putin brace for their first encounter

Jul 07, 2017, 7:20 AM EDT
Actors in prosthetic make-up portraying Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.
(Source: TaylorHerring/flickr)

Hours after launching a scathing attack on Moscow over its “destabilizing activities” in Ukraine and support for hostile regimes like Syria and Iran, the U.S. President Donald Trump is set to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for the first time, on the sidelines of G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

The two leaders, with diverging views on major global issues including Syria crisis and Paris climate agreement, have expressed willingness to mend bilateral ties. The anti-Russian sentiment in the U.S. media and the Senate leave no other option for Trump but to adopt a hardline when dealing with Putin, notes The Guardian.

While all eyes are set on Trump-Putin meeting, the two-day G20 summit has faced a wave of protests, with several groups voicing their dissent against growing capitalism, war and inaction over climate change, writes the BBC.

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