>> It's the meeting the world's been waiting for. US President Donald Trump meeting his counterpart Vladimir Putin of Russia on the sidelines of the G20 meeting this week in Hamburg, Germany. US intelligence agencies have concluded that Putin's spy services interfered in the US election in an effort to sway the contest in Trump's favor.
And now the president is facing multiple investigations into whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Moscow during the presidential race. Deputy US politics editor, Caren Bohan.>> Trump is facing intense pressure going into this meeting. There is a lot of angst and confusion within Washington and among US allies about the US policy toward Russia.
Law makers are urging him to take a tough line. Several Republicans have said that he should press Russia on a number of issues, including Ukraine and Syria. One prominent senator, Senator Bob Corker, has said he thinks Trump should go in to this meeting with Putin with a list of demands.
>> During his run for the White House, Trump repeatedly praised Putin, and even cheered on WikiLeaks as it posted emails from Democratic leaders which many believe were originally procured by Russia. But recently Trump and Putin have clashed over Russia's support of Syrian President Bashar Assad in that country's conflict.
ssia was outraged after Trump bombed a Syrian airfield in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapon attack, and a bill levying new sanctions on Moscow is currently moving through the US Congress.>> This is likely to be the most closely watched meeting of his presidency to date. It's really hard to say.
Will Trump go in there and pursue this aim of a friendlier relationship with Putin, or will he go in there and make pretty firm demands to show people that he's not soft on Putin?>> Whatever happens between the two leaders, it is bound to have lasting repercussions from Europe, to the Mideast, to Washington, and everywhere in between.