DANANG, Vietnam – The Presidents of the United States and Russia will not hold a formal meeting in Vietnam, where both leaders arrived on Friday to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) summit.
Minutes after she landed in the coastal city of Danang in Vietnam, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, confirmed no meeting was ever confirmed between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin and none is possible owing to scheduling conflicts.
She added the leaders might talk informally when they meet at the APEC leaders’ forum, but “in terms of a scheduled, formal meeting, there’s not one on the calendar and we don’t anticipate that there will be one.”
Putin’s adviser for international affairs Yury Ushakov, however, had confirmed a formal meeting between the two leaders on Thursday.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, too, had talked of a possible meeting between the leaders to address the Syria and Ukraine crisis.