'Hopes of a bilateral Putin-Trump meeting on the sidelines of the APEC summit have waned with the White House citing “scheduling conflicts,” but at least the two were all smiles while shaking hands during the photo call.
Preparing for the traditional leaders’ photo at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit – held this year in Da Nang, Vietnam – Putin had already taken his spot when Trump approached him, extending his hand. In the manner which has become famous, the US president then held onto Putin’s hand for several seconds, patting his counterpart on the back.
The leaders were dressed in Vietnamese national attire, in accordance with the informal APEC tradition. Both Putin and Trump put on blue shirts, while some of the other participants chose to wear white ones.
Ahead of the international summit, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the president was ready to hold a separate meeting with his US counterpart in Vietnam. Trump also expressed an apparent readiness for the encounter, saying the two leaders needed to discuss a number of issues, including North Korea, Syria and Ukraine.'
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