Kremlin says Trump, Putin will meet briefly in Paris, contradicting Trump

Kremlin says Trump, Putin will meet briefly in Paris, contradicting Trump
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet briefly in Paris amid the city's annual celebration of Armistice Day, a Kremlin spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov's comments come after Trump told reporters on Monday that he would probably not meet with his Russian counterpart while the two are in Paris, and instead delay a meeting until they join other world leaders for the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Argentina.

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“We haven’t set anything up yet. We don’t know that that’s going to be the right place. I’m going to be in Paris for other reasons, but we will be meeting at the G-20 and probably will have meetings after that,” Trump told reporters on Monday while boarding Air Force One for a campaign rally.

“Getting along with Russia, China and all of them would be a good thing. I’ve said it for a long time. So, we’ll have plenty of meetings, but I’m not sure that we’ll have a meeting in Paris," he added. "Probably not."

Trump had previously been expected to meet with Putin in Paris. U.S. national security adviser John Bolton last month raised the prospect of a November meeting between the two leaders after speaking with Putin.

“I said yes, in fact, that President Trump would look forward to meeting with him in Paris,” Bolton said at the time.

Trump's Paris meeting with Putin would be his first since the two hosted a bilateral summit in Helsinki earlier this year, after which Trump made headlines by appearing to agree with the Russian leader's denial of election interference over his own intelligence agencies' assessment.

The two are expected to discuss several key issues, including the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia, at their next meeting.