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Melania Trump sits beside Putin at G20 banquet



After spending two and a half hours speaking to President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin had dinner seated beside the American leader’s wife, Melania.

The Trumps both met Putin for the first time on Friday, as the world’s top leaders gathered in Hamburg, Germany at the G20.

President Trump’s conversation with Putin signified the first time the Republican brought up Russia‘s hacking of the 2016 presidential election, which Putin promptly denied.

With the day’s business out of the way, the leaders enjoyed a concert and then a Friday night dinner, in which couples were split up and not seated with their spouses.

That’s how Melania Trump ended up next to Putin, with President Trump seated down the way, closer to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The first lady, who grew up in Slovenia, then a part of Yugoslavia, knows several languages including German, which the Russian president also speaks.


Read more: Dinner diplomacy: First Lady sits beside Putin at G20 banquet after President confronted him on hacking the US election – while Donald entertains the Argentine First Lady 


DINNER DIPLOMACY: At the G20 Friday night, couples were split up during dinner, which led to Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) being seated next to American first lady Melania Trump (right) 



The Russian president and the American first lady both speak German, though met for the first time earlier Friday 





Russian President Vladimir Putin (left), sits next to American first lady Melania Trump (center left), who's also seated next to Argentinian President Mauricio Macri (center), who was deep in conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center right) 




Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and first lady Melania Trump (center left) were seated near the center of the huge table, near Argentinian President Mauricio Marci (center right) and the G20 host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel 




On Friday night, world leaders and their spouses attended a dinner - and were separated and thus seated by leaders and spouses of other countries - as the day's events at the G20 drew to a close 



Donald Trump with his wife Melania




Angela Merkel prepares for a family photograph outside the venue as other G20 leaders - including Donald Trump and wife Melania, Emmanuel Macron and wife Brigitte and Justin Trudeau - look on 




The grand symphony - first performed when Beethoven was completely deaf - has long been used during political events. Pictured: President Trump and the First Lady at the concert 





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    July 8, 2017 at 11:12 am

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