As foreign leaders flock to Hamburg, Germany for the highly anticipated G20 summit this week, U.S. and Russian officials expect Trump and Putin to hold a bilateral meeting on Friday.
However, officials from both camps are describing the meeting in slightly different terms. A White House spokesperson said it will be a “normal bilateral meeting” as opposed to Kremlin official Dimitry Peskov, who referred to the meeting as “full-fledged, seated.”
The difference is noteworthy given a Russian statement released Monday, stating Putin plans to demand the return of two diplomatic compounds seized by the U.S. in 2016 under President Obama.
Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said Putin plans to have a “rather detailed, in-depth discussion” with President Trump.
National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster told reporters last week the meeting has “no specific agenda.”
“It’s really going to be whatever the president wants to talk about,” he said.
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