Trump and Putin share brief handshake in Vietnam

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they pose for a group picture during the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, on Nov 10, 2017.
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they pose for a group picture during the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, on Nov 10, 2017. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 7, 2017.
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 7, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

DANANG, Vietnam (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin shook hands at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit dinner in Vietnam on Friday (Nov 10), even though the White House said there would be no formal meeting.

Trump and Putin smiled and stood next to each other for the traditional group photograph. Then they parted to sit at different parts of the table.

The White House said earlier that no formal meeting was planned because of scheduling conflicts on both sides, though it was possible they would bump into each other.

"In terms of a scheduled, formal meeting, there's not one on the calendar and we don't anticipate that there will be one," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters minutes before landing in Danang.

The main meeting of leaders from Apec countries is on Saturday (Nov 11) in the Vietnamese resort city of Danang. Trump is on the fourth leg of a 12-day tour of Asia.