These will be the two leaders' first bilateral talks in Germany since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine four years ago. The list of disagreements is long – with Ukraine, Syria and Russia's meddling in elections just to start.
Donald Trump revoked a pesky CNN reporter's White House press pass this week. That kind of punitive action against the media would be unthinkable in Germany, where journalists invite the politicians to press conferences.
Following Washington's challenge to a landmark nuclear pact with Russia, Putin said he wants to meet President Trump for talks in Paris. Trump's surprise announcement sparked immediate concern from allies in Europe.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rebuked the "America First" approach to free trade of US President Donald Trump. Meeting in Brussels, European and Asian leaders have pledged to create "win-win" situations.
The German chancellor demanded free elections in four-way talks in Turkey on the possibility of peace in Syria. Merkel and the leaders of France, Russia and Turkey are hoping to capitalize on a shaky ceasefire agreement.
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