Arab and international From 2017-07-20 at 19:05 (Baghdad time)
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The Kremlin on Thursday denied a "secret meeting" between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit this month but confirmed an informal talk at a dinner.
The Kremlin was responding to questions about a previous conversation between the two leaders, which has not been disclosed. Some US politicians have worried about Trump's handling of relations with Russia.
Trump's behavior with his Russian counterpart was a close watchdog during the G20 summit following allegations that Moscow was trying to intervene in the 2016 US presidential election to help Trump gain access to the White House, which Russia denies.
"There was no secret meeting," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Piskov said when asked about the nature of the conversation.
He noted that the two leaders had an informal conversation at dinner and discussed the issue of adoption.
Putin signed a law in 2012 banning Americans from adopting Russian children in response to a new human rights law in the United States.
Biskov said there were no plans at the moment for a new meeting between Trump and Putin, but there was a chance that the meeting would take place at a later stage.
Russian news agencies quoted Piskov as saying that it was "very ridiculous" that the informal conversation between Putin and Trump was described as secret.
"The use of the term (secret meeting) and (undeclared) is surprising," Piskov told state television.
"There was a bilateral meeting between them, which was formally agreed through diplomatic channels and then exchanged views and comments repeatedly ... There were no clandestine or undeclared meetings, and the assumption that they took place was purely futile."
Trump said in an interview with The New York Times that his conversation with Putin lasted 15 minutes and was "compliments" for the most part.