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Putin, Obama might meet on sidelines of G20 summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama may communicate with each other on the sidelines of the G20 summit to be held in China on Sept. 4-5, the Russian news agency TASS reported Tuesday.

Earlier on Monday, Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser, said the US president hopes to meet his Russian counterpart to discuss some issues during the summit.

"We also hope (for such an opportunity)," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying. "We are ready, although the final decision has not been made yet," he added.

The last Putin-Obama meeting took place at the International Climate Change Conference in Paris in late November.

Apart from the G20 summit in China, another likely occasion for a meeting between the two presidents this year is the APEC summit to be held on Nov. 18-19 in Peru.


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