The Latest: Putin thinks Trump believed his election denials – Belleville News-Democrat

The Latest on the Group of 20 summit (all times local):

4:28 p.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he thinks U.S. President Donald Trump believed his in-person denials of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential vote.

Putin spoke Saturday after the Group of 20 summit where he and Trump had their first face to face meeting.

He said Trump asked him numerous questions about Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election during a lengthy discussion on the issue.

Putin says he thinks his answers satisfied Trump, but added that Trump’s opinion would be better sought from the U.S. president himself.

He says Moscow and Washington would be able to improve their ties if the two countries keep relating the way he and Trump did.

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4:25 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Group of 20 summit achieved “good results in some areas” despite a logjam with the United States over climate change.

Merkel said discussions at the summit that ended Saturday had at times been “difficult” and that “I can only call things as they are.”

She pointed to a hard-won agreement on trade, one in which she said “every word was weighed.”

The trade language keeps the G-20’s longstanding condemnation of protectionism, but includes themes that echo Trump’s position that trade must be balanced and fair as well as free.

The countries agreed that trade needs to be “reciprocal and mutually advantageous” and that countries could use “legitimate trade defense instruments” to protect their markets.

Nineteen members agreed to support the Paris climate agreement, leaving the U.S. out in a separate paragraph that merely “takes note” of the U.S. rejection.

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4:05 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says 19 members of the Group of 20 have reaffirmed the Paris climate accord as “irreversible.”

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