Moscow — Russia and the US are preparing for a possible first meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump before the two presidents attend July’s Group of 20 summit in Germany, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. "There are preparations," he said on Thursday. "The issue of whether the schedules of both leaders can coincide is a separate question. As of today, there is no clarity on this." Trump is due to travel to Brussels for a May 25 summit of heads of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states. He also plans to attend the Group of Seven (G-7) meeting of leaders of major industrialised nations that takes place in Italy from May 26-27. He and Putin may meet in another European country after the G-7 and preparations for the talks began in detail following US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow earlier in April, Kommersant reported on Thursday, citing US and Russian officials it did not identify. A meeting in May between Putin and Trump is n...

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