President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Friday afternoon for the first time – and advisors are nervous.
The New York times reports that even top aides do not know what Mr Trump will decide to say or do when he meets Mr Putin in Germany on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
The conversation will be overshadowed by disputes between the two countries – but will also pose risks for Mr Trump, due to investigations into his campaign’s possible links to Russia.
Trump has previously said he wants to find ways to work with Putin – but the countries face differences over Russia’s actions in Syria and Ukraine.
Insiders fear that the Republican president, a political novice whose team is still developing its Russia policy, will be less prepared than Putin, who has dealt with two former U.S. Presidents.
Insiders say that every facial expression will be analysed to see how well Trump, a real estate magnate and TV star, gets on with Putin, a former spy.
‘There’s nothing … the Kremlin would like to see more than a (U.S.) president who will settle for a grip and a grin and walk away saying that he had this fabulous meeting with the Kremlin autocrat, Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee, said in an interview on MSNBC.