Trump's first in-person encounter with Putin has been highly anticipated as Trump pushes back against allegations that some of his associates may have had contact with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign and the transition.
Allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the USA presidential election past year and colluded with the Republican's campaign have overshadowed the businessman's unexpected victory and dogged his first five months in office.
Putin, who has served as both Russian president and prime minister, has outlasted the previous two USA presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. "It's whatever the president wants to talk about".
The White House said Trump's main goal would be to end all differences between Russian Federation and the West and "develop a common approach".
A proposed new package of sanctions on Russian Federation in the U.S. Congress might complicate Trump's desire for warmer relations with Moscow.
While visiting the headquarters of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) to celebrate the 95th anniversary of Russian illegal intelligence, President Vladimir Putin underlined the challenges now faced by Russia.
"We repeat that President Putin and President Trump will be participating in G20 summit. No one has seen them in government-held areas". "But if we are talking about a separate meeting, such separate meeting is not being prepared at the moment", said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in response to a question from CNN. Obama's last formal bilateral meeting with Putin was on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in 2015.
The first personal meeting of the leaders may become a reality next week: presidents of Russian Federation and United States of America will be at the same time in the same city, the same building, the same hall.
Lavrov noted it's traditional for world leaders to talk a bit when they are both at a major event like this, and it would "probably not be right" if they weren't able to have a talk on some important issues while they're there. "Washington's view has been distorted by the hatred against Russian Federation that engulfed numerous politicians".