First face to face: Trump and Putin shake hands in Germany at G20 Summit

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The pair are due to meet for the first time in an official setting, although they have spoken on the phone three times since Mr Trump’s election.

But the meeting is not likely to be plain sailing, with the US continuing to impose sanctions on Russia while Moscow remains under investigation over claims it meddled in the US election.

Mr Trump said it could have been Russia, but claims that other countries could have also had a role.

And he said he wants to find ways to work with Mr Putin, a goal made more difficult by sharp differences over Russia’s actions in Syria and Ukraine, and allegations Moscow meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.

But President Putin threw further shade on the rocky relations between the warring countries in an interview with reporters before their meeting today.

Speaking this morning, he claimed that Russia planned to keep cooperating with other countries to harmonise global energy markets and reduce price volatility.

And he also savaged the US for quitting the climate change Paris Agreement