G20: Vladimir Putin eyes relations restart with Donald Trump

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Last Update: 08:44

After 12 years in office, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken part in quite a few summit meetings and also hosted some of her own. In 2007, the G8 summit was held in Heiligendamm, a Baltic Sea resort in Germany; in 2015, the G7 summit took place in Elmau, Bavaria. Now Hamburg will serve as the venue for this year΄s mammoth event. The world΄s 20 leading rich and developing nations will be attracting far more visitors than usual.But this is not the only thing that will distinguish the G20 summit in Hamburg from everything that Merkel has had to tackle so far.

 

Hamburg prepares for arrival of G20 leaders


"This year, the G20 summit will take place under particularly challenging conditions," the chancellor said. "I will only list the greatest challenges: terrorism, climate change, protectionism - and all of these topics are on the agenda. The world is in a state of unrest; it has become less unified."

Three strong men

The lack of unity is embodied by US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. All three leaders will attend the summit and it is already clear that each one is pursuing his own agenda. Erdogan would like to take the opportunity to talk to Turks living in Germany but the German government will not allow him. It remains to be seen whether he will respect the ban.

Trump wants to use the summit as an opportunity to meet Putin in person for the first time. There are many things to be discussed, ranging from the Ukraine crisis to the war in Syria, the sanctions against Russia and the Kremlin΄s alleged influence in Trump΄s election. It has been said that US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster wants to take the opportunity in Hamburg to strike up a "constructive relationship" with Russia.



Controversy over climate


But Trump has other ideas about what will be discussed at the G20 summit. He is expected to rail against excess global steel production and also push for restrictions. He will, of course, not budge from his decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, as his justification was that he was putting American workers first.

"Since the US announced that it would exit the Paris agreement, we cannot expect any easy talks in Hamburg," Merkel said.

"The disagreement is obvious, and it would be dishonest to cover it up," she added. "I certainly won΄t do that."

On the other hand, Merkel does not want to isolate Trump. She stressed the talks must "serve the substance and aims of the Paris accord."

After 12 years in office, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken part in quite a few summit meetings and also hosted some of her own. In 2007, the G8 summit was held in Heiligendamm, a Baltic Sea resort in Germany; in 2015, the G7 summit took place in Elmau, Bavaria. Now Hamburg will serve as the venue for this year΄s mammoth event. The world΄s 20 leading rich and developing nations will be attracting far more visitors than usual.

But this is not the only thing that will distinguish the G20 summit in Hamburg from everything that Merkel has had to tackle so far.

Hamburg prepares for arrival of G20 leaders

"This year, the G20 summit will take place under particularly challenging conditions," the chancellor said. "I will only list the greatest challenges: terrorism, climate change, protectionism - and all of these topics are on the agenda. The world is in a state of unrest; it has become less unified."



Three strong men


The lack of unity is embodied by US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. All three leaders will attend the summit and it is already clear that each one is pursuing his own agenda. Erdogan would like to take the opportunity to talk to Turks living in Germany but the German government will not allow him. It remains to be seen whether he will respect the ban.

Trump wants to use the summit as an opportunity to meet Putin in person for the first time. There are many things to be discussed, ranging from the Ukraine crisis to the war in Syria, the sanctions against Russia and the Kremlin΄s alleged influence in Trump΄s election. It has been said that US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster wants to take the opportunity in Hamburg to strike up a "constructive relationship" with Russia.

Controversy over climate

But Trump has other ideas about what will be discussed at the G20 summit. He is expected to rail against excess global steel production and also push for restrictions. He will, of course, not budge from his decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, as his justification was that he was putting American workers first.

"Since the US announced that it would exit the Paris agreement, we cannot expect any easy talks in Hamburg," Merkel said.

"The disagreement is obvious, and it would be dishonest to cover it up," she added. "I certainly won΄t do that."

On the other hand, Merkel does not want to isolate Trump. She stressed the talks must "serve the substance and aims of the Paris accord."

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