The G20 summit in Hamburg has opened as US president Donald Trump met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin while their colleagues discussed climate change. Among other things, the two agreed on a ceasefire for certain areas of Syria.
At a regional Eurasian summit, the presidents of Russia and China have promised to work towards global cooperation. Russia's Putin also signaled a desire for a one-one-one with US President Donald Trump.
Despite imposing tariffs on major US allies, the anti-globalist president has called for free trade within the G7. He also insisted US allies would be forced to concede to US trade terms because the US "can't lose."
G7 leaders are struggling to even come up with a joint statement on trade. A breakthrough won't be able to paper over deep differences between the US and its allies.
After their recent informal bilateral meeting, Indian PM Modi and Russian President Putin reaffirmed commitments to increasing bilateral strategic and economic ties in the face of growing geo-political pressure.
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