Wed, 14 Nov 2018
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Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says a full-fledged meeting with President Donald Trump in Paris, tentatively announced for November 11, is now 'unlikely to happen.'

But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on November 6 that Trump and Putin could hold 'standing talks' on the sidelines of ceremonies commemoration the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

'Indeed, a substantive meeting is unlikely to happen in Paris,' Peskov said several hours after Trump announced he 'probably' won't be meeting Putin in Paris.

'The schedule of the multilateral event to mark the centenary of the end of World War I does not allow the sides to hold such a meeting.'

'Putin and Trump may hold standing talks to determine when they will meet in a full-fledged format,' Peskov said.

On November 5, Trump said the two sides 'haven't set anything up yet' for talks in Paris.

'We don't know that that's going to be the right place. I'm going to be in Paris for other reasons,' Trump said. 'I'm not sure we'll have a meeting in Paris. Probably not.'

The Paris centennial ceremonies come amid persistent tension between the West and Russia over Moscow's seizure of Crimea in 2014, its role in wars in Syria and eastern Ukraine, its alleged election meddling in the United States and Europe, and the poisoning of a Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain in March.

Trump said he will meet Putin at Group of 20 (G20) summit in Argentina on November 30-December 1, adding, 'And probably we'll have meetings after that -- probably plenty of meetings.'

During the two leaders' last meeting, in Helsinki in July, Trump was widely criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike for comments suggesting he believed Putin's denials about Russia's interference in U.S. elections.

Those remarks directly contradicted conclusions by the U.S. intelligence community.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, Interfax, and TASS

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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