President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have had their first official handshake and greeting before a more formal sit-down later Friday.
The two leaders shook hands away from the press at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit. However, the moment was captured in a video posted on the German Cabinet’s Facebook page.
In it, Putin is seen genially smiling at Trump before reaching out to meet the president’s handshake. Trump firmly pats him on the back.
The handshake came as Trump and Putin prepare for their first bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in Hamburg.
It’s unclear what the two leaders will discuss in their bilateral meeting on Friday, though the issue of the ongoing civil war in Syria is likely to be a key issue. The U.S. and Russia back opposing sides in the fight.
See the clip below:
First handshake between Trump and Putin is posted by Angela Merkel on Facebook
Первое рукопожатие Владимира Путина и Дональда Трампа. pic.twitter.com/hOfbVKE7bZ
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