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KRASNODAR, June 28. /TASS/. Moscow believes that a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump will take place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.
"We believe that the meeting will take place since the two presidents will be in the same city, in the same building, at the same time. It would not be right if they fail to hold a conversation and discuss many issues," the Russian top diplomat pointed out. "You have mentioned Syria and Ukraine. I think, first, we need to normalize dialogue so that it would be based on the key interests of both Russia and the United States," Lavrov noted.
According to him, Russia can see that "Washington’s view has been distorted by the hatred against Russia that engulfed numerous politicians." "I believe that it is harmful for the United States, so wise experts have begun to draw attention to it," Lavrov stressed. "It also does not help solve global issues, while Russia and the United States could contribute to finding solutions to them. On the contrary, it has been hampering attempts to solve the issues that the global community has been facing," the Russian foreign minister pointed out.