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round two

Trump will meet with Putin at the G-20 summit on Saturday, Russia says

President Trump's planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this weekend appears to be good to go.

The Kremlin said Thursday that Trump and Putin will meet at the G-20 summit on Saturday at about noon, CNN reports. Trump on Tuesday threatened to call off the meeting in response to Russia seizing three Ukrainian ships on Sunday. "I don't like that aggression," Trump told The Washington Post, adding, "Maybe I won't have the meeting."

But it looks like Trump will do so after all. The White House has not actually announced the meeting publicly, but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that the White House has confirmed it with him.

Trump and Putin previously met for a summit in Helsinki, during which Trump was widely criticized for siding with Putin over his own intelligence community by saying he could see no reason why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 election. Trump later claimed he misspoke and actually meant to say "wouldn't" instead of "would." On Twitter, he declared the summit a success and added, "I look forward to our second meeting."