G20 Summit: Donald Trump arrives in Germany, expected to meet Vladimir Putin on Friday

Hamburg: US president Donald Trump arrived Thursday in the German port city of Hamburg to attend what is expected to be the most fractious G20 summit in years.

U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are accompanied by Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz, right, after arriving for the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. AP

US president Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive for the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. AP

The US leader, accompanied by his wife Melania, was greeted by the mayor of the northern city-state, Olaf Scholz, on arrival at Hamburg airport where Trump and the US First Lady boarded a US military helicopter for the city centre.

Trump's "America First" stance and climate scepticism have rattled Western allies who have pledged to uphold free trade principles and implement the 2015 Paris climate accord.

On the sidelines of the G20 gathering of leaders, Trump will also meet face-to-face with Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday for the first time in a closely watched meeting amid accusations of Russian meddling in US elections.

The two leaders also face an array of contentious foreign policy issues, from Syria to Ukraine to North Korea.

Ahead of his visit to Germany, Trump warned in a landmark speech in Warsaw that the future of the West was at risk.

Published Date: Jul 06, 2017 20:52 PM | Updated Date: Jul 06, 2017 20:52 PM

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