Putin and Obama briefly meet at G20 summit in China

Format of new meeting to be agreed, says Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama had several brief contacts at the G20 summit in China and the format of meeting on Sept. 5 is being coordinated, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"He indeed talked to Obama several times briefly "on foot" but not substantively, and agreed to have a separate contact tomorrow," Peskov said. "The meeting will be coordinated, no formats have been agreed so far," he added.

A source in Russia’s delegation told reporters earlier in the day that Obama had asked Putin to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China’s Hangzhou. "Obama came to Putin and offered (to hold a separate meeting)," the source said.

Peskov told TASS earlier in the day that the Russian and U.S. presidents, who are attending the G20 summit, agreed to have a separate meeting on the sidelines of the event. The Kremlin did not rule out earlier that Putin and Obama could hold a meeting even though it had not been agreed officially.

Source: Tass

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