The US side has sabotaged an expected meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Vietnam, the Russian daily Kommersant reported.
Putin and Trump were expected to meet on the sidelines of the 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. However, “something gone wrong” during the “coordination” of this effort.
According to Kommersant’s report, initially the US side showed an interest in meeting and the US president even announced possible topics for the discussions, but then, just sabotaged it.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters just minutes before landing in Da Nang that “there was never a meeting confirmed, and there will not be one that takes place due to scheduling conflicts on both sides”. Then, the Americans just ingored the reported background agreements over the meeting.
This resulted in a fact that Trump and Putin have shaken hands and held a brief conversation at the summit, something very different to what all has expected.
The US diplomatic demarche is another sign of the deteoration of the US-Russian relations. This problem is expecially important amid the conflicated situation in the Middle East where a new conflict is appearing. At the same time, the US-Russian statement on the Syrian conflict includes nothing new and just repeats the existing promises of the both sides.