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Putin is expected to announce a ceasefire in southwest Syria starting Sunday


Updated July 07, 2017 12:11 PM EDT

As Trump and Putin continue to talk in their private meeting, there is news that the US and Russia have reached an agreement for a ceasefire in southwest Syria starting Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

Updated July 07, 2017 10:27 AM EDT

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shared brief remarks with reporters before they sat down for their private meeting.

Trump said he anticipates "a lot of positive things happening, for Russia, for the United States."

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Following weeks of buildup, President Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday in the midst of shaky relations between the two countries following the 2016 presidential election. Ahead of their first face-to-face sit-down, Trump said there is "much to discuss," though the details of their discussion remain unconfirmed. It's likely that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, the Syrian war, the Ukrainian crisis and the fight against terrorism are topics expected to surface.

The meeting follows a brief encounter at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, where the two leaders exchanged a handshake and a few words, according to Putins spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

He added that Putin is looking forward to their 35-minute private meeting.

In the past, the 45th-commander-in-chief used wavering rhetoric to describe his feelings toward Russia. Most recently, Trump went against the grain by saying that he "thinks" Russia meddled in the 2016 election, but "nobody really knows for sure," adding that other countries may have played a role as well. Prior to that, however, Trump called the US-Russian relationship as being at an "all time low" hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a lengthy meeting with Putin.

“Right now we’re not getting along with Russia at all. We may be at an all-time low relationship with Russia.”
President Trump

But the meeting with the Russian president isn't the only anticipated meeting scheduled for Trump, who will also meet with Mexican President Pena Nieto. Their talks come months after Nieto canceled a meeting with Trump in January over his plans to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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