PICS: HISTORIC HANDSHAKE — Trump Meets Putin at G20 Gathering

U.S. President Donald Trump met Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday at the G20 meeting, the two world leaders greeting each other with a handshake ahead of their formal meeting in the afternoon.

The White House is briefing that there is “no fixed agenda” for the meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin, though the Kremlin said that this will be a “fully fledged seated meeting”, expected to last 15 minutes.

(L-R) European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin

World leaders gathered earlier in the afternoon, local time, for a group photograph.

Participants of the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, pose for a family photo on July 7, 2017.  (Photo credit ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The president is also due to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico on Friday and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday at the gathering hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the port city of Hamburg.

HAMBURG, GERMANY – JULY 07: French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump depart following the group photo on the first day of the G20 economic summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. The G20 group of nations are meeting July 7-8 and major topics will include climate change and migration. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

HAMBURG, GERMANY – JULY 07: U.S President Donald Trump speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron after posing for the family photo at the start of the the G20 summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Topics high on the agenda for the summit include climate policy and development programs for African economies. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The summit is taking place amidst violent protests from anarchists and left wing extremists. G20 and other global leadership events are draws for anarchists, left wing extremists, and open borders activists.

HAMBURG, GERMANY – JULY 07: German Chancellor Angela Merkel officially welcomes President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to the opening day of the G20 summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Leaders of the G20 group of nations are meeting for the July 7-8 summit. Topics high on the agenda for the summit include climate policy and development programs for African economies. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel – Pool/Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives to attend the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. Leaders of the world’s top economies gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

On Thursday night,  Hamburg erupted in violence as an organised protest by left wing extremists and ‘black bloc’ anarchists, named “Welcome to Hell”, led to arson, criminal damage to businesses and property, nearly 50 arrests, and 130 police officers being injured. Further demonstrations are expected throughout the day and Saturday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Russia’s President Vladimir Putin as he arrives to attend the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. Leaders of the world’s top economies gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The G20, or Group of 20, is a gathering of world leaders and bankers from the 20 of the world’s largest and emerging economies (19 sovereign nations plus the European Union represented by the European Commission and the European Central Bank).

The Group was founded in 1999 to foster greater global economic cooperation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets the Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May at the beginning of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. Leaders of the world’s top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

G20 has a rotating presidency. Chancellor Merkel is chairing the meetings and Argentina and India are next in line to assume the presidency after Germany.

Prime Minister May will call on fellow world leaders to tackle the funding of terrorism, and will push for free trade deals post-Brexit.

HAMBURG, GERMANY – JULY 07: US President Donald Trump talks to British Prime Minister Theresa May at the G20 leaders retreat as part of the G20 summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Leaders of the G20 group of nations are meeting for the July 7-8 summit. Topics high on the agenda for the summit include climate policy and development programs for African economies. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel – Pool/Getty Images)

President Trump flew to Hamburg ahead of the G20 Thursday night after a successful visit to the Polish capital of Warsaw, where he made an impassioned speech to an enthusiastic crowd in defence of conservative Poland, urging the defence of Western civilisation and faith.

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