Prospects for Putin-Trump meet­ing at APEC sum­mit un­clear

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MOSCOW/ BEI­JING: Prospects for a meet­ing be­tween Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and U.S. coun­ter­part Don­ald Trump at this week’s Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion sum­mit were un­clear after the Krem­lin said a meet­ing was def­i­nite be­fore say­ing it was just a pos­si­bil­ity.

Putin and Trump, who had their first face-to-face meet­ing in July to dis­cuss al­le­ga­tions of Rus­sian med­dling in the 2016 U.S. elec- tion, are both plan­ning to at­tend this week’s sum­mit in the Viet­namese city of Danang.

The Krem­lin, which wants to try to im­prove bat­tered U.S.-Rus­sia ties, says it has been try­ing to set up a meet­ing and Trump told Fox News be­fore his Asia tour that he might meet Putin in Viet­nam to talk about Syria, Ukraine and North Korea.

Krem­lin aide Yuri Ushakov told Rus­sian news agen­cies on Thurs­day that such a meet­ing would hap­pen on Fri­day, but Dmitry Peskov, a Putin spokesman, rowed back on that later on Thurs­day after U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son said no de­ci­sion on for­mal talks had yet been taken.

Tiller­son, on a visit to Bei­jing with Trump, also ques­tioned whether the two lead­ers would have enough to talk about to jus­tify such a meet­ing.

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