Expectations from the first official meeting between the two presidents, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, have been very high, with Moscow stating the two leader’s working dialogue was “likely vital for the whole world.”
Addressing reporters, Trump said that he has been discussing “various things” with Putin, without specifying the topics.
“Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it’s going very well,” Trump told reporters.
“We’ve had some very, very good talks. We’re going to have a talk now and obviously, that will continue.
We look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, for the United States and for everybody concerned.
And it’s an honor to be with you.”
In his turn, Putin said that he was delighted to meet his American counterpart.
“I’m delighted to meet you personally, and I hope our meeting will bring results,” Putin said after shaking hands with Trump.
The Donald Trump seen on television is different from the one in real life, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the G20 summit, adding that after his meeting with the US leader in Hamburg, he felt like relations between the two countries could at least partially be restored.
“As for personal relations, I think that they are established,” Putin said of his Friday meeting with Trump.
“I think that if we continue building our relations like during our conversation yesterday, there are grounds to believe that we’ll be able to – at least partially – restore the level of cooperation that we need,” Putin said in his press conference.
Putin said that the issue of alleged Russian meddling in the US election was addressed by Trump during their conversation.
Putin reiterated that there is no reason to believe that Russia meddled in the US electoral process in 2016.
“He [Trump] asked many questions on that subject. I answered those questions as best I could. I think he took it into consideration and agreed with me, but you should really ask him how he feels about it,” the Russian president said.
Regarding cybersecurity, the Russian leader said that he and Trump “agreed that there should never be a situation of uncertainty, especially in the future, in this sphere.”
“The US president and I agreed that we’ll create a working group and work together on how to jointly monitor security in cyberspace, how to ensure unconditional compliance with international legal norms, and how to prevent interference in internal affairs of foreign countries,” said Putin.
“If we manage to organize this work – and I have no reasons to doubt that – then there will be no more speculation on this topic [of Russia meddling],” he added.
“I think the [US] position became more pragmatic. It doesn’t seem to have changed drastically [compared to the Obama administration], but there’s an understanding that we can achieve a lot by joining forces,” he said.
This approach by Washington made possible the agreement on the southern de-escalation zone in Syria, which was “one of the breakthroughs” during Friday’s talks with Trump, the Russian president added.