Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Trump and Putin meet face-to-face in Helsinki, but no statement emerges

The first discussion by the presidents of the United States and Russia on the Syria crisis ended in a “small meeting” without any official statement, their spokesman said on Monday.

The meeting between the two men was held after a contentious summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin after a working dinner at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday. Photograph: Evgeny Feldman/AFP/Getty Images

It followed an acrimonious meeting between Trump and Putin in which Russia was cast as the villain while Trump conceded that his meeting with Putin was different from the meetings he had previously had with other world leaders.

Neither Trump nor Putin addressed reporters after the second meeting. But the White House said a planned statement from Trump and Putin would not be issued because there was “nothing substantive” to discuss.

Instead, Russia and the United States are to hold a second meeting on Wednesday in Geneva on Syria’s civil war.

In the news briefing with the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, Trump and Putin met face-to-face for about 90 minutes.


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