Trump, Putin agree 'no military solution' in Syria

CIA Director 'stands by' Russian interference assessment

CIA Director 'stands by' Russian interference assessment

The Kremlin released a statement Saturday that stated that the leaders met during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Denang and reached agreement on a number of principles for the future of the civil war-torn country now that the Islamic State group has largely been pushed out.

Although the White House had said no official meeting was planned, the two also shook hands at a dinner on Friday evening.

"There was never a meeting confirmed and there will not be one that takes place due to scheduling conflicts on both sides".

Earlier, Ushakov said that at the meeting, Putin and Trump could discuss the situation in Syria and the Korean Peninsula, as well as bilateral relations that earlier "failed, in a critical state".

Trump publicly sitting down with Putin also revives the issue of Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential election, which remains under investigation.

North Korea and trade have topped Trump's agenda on an Asia trip that has taken him to Japan, North Korea and China, as well as the APEC summit in Vietnam. But the talks stalled and, minutes before Air Force One touched down in Vietnam, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the meeting was off. They did not rule out an informal chat between the American and Russian leaders. Certainly possible and likely.

It is not known what Trump and Putin discussed; a USA press pool was closed off from Trump's meetings at APEC.

He says a deciding factor is whether they have "sufficient substance" to talk about.

"There's no formal meeting or anything scheduled for them".

On Oct. 30, Mueller's probe indicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates, for several financial crimes and conspiracy against the United States.

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