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Trump, Putin High-Stakes Showdown at G20

The pair began their meeting with light pleasantries, setting a more upbeat tone for talks full of prickly topics.

HAMBURG, Germany (CNN) -- President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin began their high-stakes meeting at the G20 summit here in Germany with light pleasantries, setting a more upbeat tone for talks full of prickly topics.

Speaking to reporters, Trump and Putin remained mostly positive.

"President Putin and I have been discussing various things and I think it is going very well," Trump said. "We have had some very, very good talks."

"We are going to have a talk now and obviously that is going to continue," Trump added. "We look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, and for the United States and for everybody concerned. And it's an honor to be with you."

At least during the public portion of the meeting, though, Trump declined to bring up election meddling and ignored reporters who asked him about the topic. Friday's meeting puts Trump in the same as the leader of the country that United States intelligence says meddled in the 2016 election in an effort to get Trump elected.

Putin, in a CNN translation, told Trump he was "delighted" to meet face-to-face.

"We have spoken on the phone with you several times on very important bilateral and international issues. But phone conversation are never enough," Putin said.

"If we want to resolve bilateral and acute international issues, we definitely need personal meetings. I'm delighted to be able to meet you in person Mr. President, and I hope -- as you have said -- that our meeting will yield positive results," Putin added.

(Photo by Saul Loeb/Getty Images.)

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