Trump says he 'probably' won't meet with Putin in Paris

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin at a joint news conference in Helsinki

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin at a joint news conference in Helsinki

President Donald Trump said Monday he "probably" won't be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he travels to Paris later this week, but will meet with him at the G-20 gathering of world leaders later this year in Argentina.

Trump and Putin had planned to hold a bilateral meeting in Paris on November 11 on the sidelines of events to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One.

"They will certainly meet..."

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RIA news agency that Putin and Trump were bound to meet, but will not hold "substantive" talks.

Trump has repeatedly expressed hope for improvement in ties with Russian Federation, which have been badly strained by disputes over issues that also include Moscow's military interference in Ukraine and the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain. "The multilateral format of the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I makes it impossible to hold a longer meeting between the two presidents", Peskov said, stressing that Putin and Trump will hold talks "on the go" and agree on a full-fledged meeting.

Trump has tried to reset relations with Russian Federation despite the country's 2016 election meddling efforts. We don't know if that is going to be the right place. "I'm not sure that we'll have a meeting in Paris".

However, they would be meeting at G-20 summit in Argentina which is scheduled for November 30 and December 1, he said, adding there are possibilities of other meetings soon.

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