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German Foreign Minister Hopes Putin, Trump Will Meet At G20 Summit


Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel attend a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, June 29, 2017

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says his country hopes to bring Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. leader Donald Trump together at the upcoming Group of 20 (G20) meeting in Hamburg, Russian state media report.

During a visit to Moscow on June 29, Gabriel told Putin he hopes the host Germans "will have the opportunity to connect you and the U.S. president" during the July 7-8 summit.

"The G20 summit will be a huge event, and we hope that on the sidelines of the summit we will have an opportunity to connect you with the U.S. president,” Gabriel said at a Kremlin meeting, according to a translation by Russian state-run TASS news agency.

Gabriel also said Berlin expected agreements to be reached at the G20 meeting on climate-related matters.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that furthering the goals of the Paris climate deal will be one of the central tasks of the summit.

Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement on June 1 and said he wants to negotiate a "fair" deal for his country.

Based on reporting by TASS, Interfax, and Reuters

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