By Kamila Aliyeva
Moscow and Washington have many issues of common interest, which should be talked over and agreed upon in order to mend the U.S. - Russian ties, whilst the meeting between the presidents of the two countries might take place only in July on the sidelines of G-20 summit.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Donald Trump may meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit that will take place in Germany in summer, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with CNN on March 12.
He stated that at the moment this is the nearest opportunity for a personal meeting of the two presidents.
"If we do not agree on an early meeting, then, presumably, we can expect that they will meet at the G20 summit in Hamburg in early July, as this will be the first event where they will be together," Peskov said.
In 2017, the chairmanship of the G20 passed from China to Germany. The next summit of the "Group of Twenty" will be held in Hamburg on July 7-8 this year.
The election of Trump, who had spoken of Putin in a positive way and called for improved U.S.-Russia ties, had raised hopes in the Kremlin. But Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says there are no signs of progress yet.
Peskov noted that "unfortunately, we don't have a better understanding of when this dialogue can begin."
Trump's campaign statements on Russia had led to speculation that the United States would drop sanctions imposed on Russia.
“Russia will never initiate putting this issue on the agenda,” Peskov said.
Relations between the two countries are strained over a number of issues, including Ukraine, the war in Syria, and relations with Iran.
However, U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly spoken of his desire to restore the relations with Moscow.
Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia and the United States have an understanding about the first personal meeting between Presidents Putin and Trump and that practical preparation for it has been launched.