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Kremlin and White House gear up for first face-to-face meeting

The Kremlin said Tuesday that the long-anticipated first meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump would take place Friday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

The White House says "no specific agenda" has been set for the meeting between the two leaders. Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, did not reveal details as he announced the timing of the meeting, although he previously said Putin and Trump would probably discuss the fight against terrorism and the war in Syria. It is not clear whether Trump plans to raise the issue of Russia's meddling in last year's election, although if he doesn't he could face a backlash from critics for missing a chance to address a critical national security threat.