The annual summit of the Group of 20 nations is under way in Osaka, Japan. At the top of the agenda is the ongoing trade war between China and the United States, the world’s two biggest economies. Donald Trump has met Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“There are many key issues these two countries differ on. And certainly if you were to speak privately to military commanders in the US, they say they are deeply concerned about Russia, and Russia’s threats in Ukraine, Russia’s involvement in Syria, Russia trying to pull out of some treaties governing nuclear relations between the two.
“It is a tense time, but not a tense relationship, it seems, between the two leaders.” Over the clatter of photographers’ cameras, a reporter asked Trump if he was going to tell Putin not to meddle in US elections in the future. Trump replied: “Yes, of course I will.” He then turned to Putin with a smile and said, “Don’t meddle with the election, please!”
The G20 is an international leaders’ forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union. Collectively, the grouping represents more than 80 percent of the world’s economic output and two-thirds of its people. Its primary aim is to promote international financial stability.
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17 November, 2019