President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will likely meet on the sidelines of an economic summit in Vietnam Friday, according to a Kremlin spokesperson. The U.S. and Russian leaders first met in July at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. However, bilateral relations have since become increasingly fraught, with Congress imposing fresh sanctions on Russia, Moscow limiting the number of U.S. diplomats in the country and the closure of diplomatic offices by the U.S. On Wednesday, Russia's state-run news agency TASS reported Ushakov as saying it would be 'entirely logical' for Trump and Putin to shake hands and discuss geopolitical issues.
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