VideoCast: Trump’s Unusual Meeting with Putin

Donald Trump with Vladimir Putin, Hamburg, Germany, July 2017

My chat with Turkey’s TRT World on Wednesday about the significance of Donald Trump’s second, impromptu meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on July 7 at the G20 summit:

Nothing about this meeting was normal. Of course leaders have bilateral sessions but for the US President to get suddenly during a banquet, without any preparation, and say to Mr Putin, “Let’s go talk” with the only other person Putin’s translator — that is extremely unusual.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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