The US President left the reception without waiting for its completion
Donald trump left the official reception, organized for the leaders of the member countries of the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation (APEC), before the completion of the event without becoming to meet Vladimir Putin. The Russian President waited until the end of the official lunch.
Prior to this, the two leaders exchanged a short handshake, saying a few stock phrases, when heads of delegations posed for a group photograph. In the hall, which hosted the official reception, trump and Putin were held separately, but during lunch at a table they shared six.
According to the press Secretary of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov, the presidents only “welcomed” each other.
During the last week in the White house several times made it clear that the President trump may meet with Putin during the APEC summit. During the 13-day tour of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, the White house said that during a meeting with the Russian leader he plans to discuss the problems of Syria, Ukraine and North Korea.
On Thursday, representatives of the Kremlin, including advisers to the President of the Russian Federation, said that the meeting will be held, specifying that it will be held Friday morning. In the US administration officially, these statements did not comment.
“Our position is that the reason for the meeting is, if there are topics that can be discussed on the merits,” – said U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson.
Having concluded its stay at the APEC summit, the US President will fly into the capital of Vietnam – Hanoi, where he will hold talks with the country’s leadership.