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Trump says no bilateral meeting with Putin in Paris

2018-11-08 03:24:10 (Beijing Time)         news.xinhuanet.com

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U.S. President Donald Trump attends a press conference at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Nov. 7, 2018. U.S. Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he will have lunch with Russian President Vladimir Putin among other leaders during his planned trip to Paris but no meeting was expected. (Xinhua/Hu Yousong)

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he will have lunch with Russian President Vladimir Putin among other leaders during his planned trip to Paris but no meeting was expected.

"We will be having a lunch, but I'm sure many people will be there," said Trump at a press conference at the White House when asked if he will meet Putin in Paris, where over 60 leaders were expected to convene on Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the World War I.

"I don't think we have anything scheduled in Paris," said Trump, explaining that he didn't think there would be time set for any meeting given his short stay there.

"We will very shortly meet again at the G20. And that's where we were actually looking forward to meet," Trump added.

The Kremlin announced earlier on Wednesday that Putin and Trump will meet at a short working lunch in the Elysee Palace, with longer and more comprehensive talks expected at a summit of the Group of 20 countries at the end of this month in Argentina.