>> It's an honor to be with you, thank you, thank you.>> Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin enjoying a warm first meeting at the G20 Summit. But the big question ahead of their sit-down was whether the American president would press his Russian counterpart on his involvement in Russia's interference in the 2016 US election.
>> President Putin and I have been discussing various things and I think it's going very well. We've had some very, very good talks.>> According to those in the over two-hour meeting, Trump did bring it up. Despite previously challenging the assessment from all US intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the election.
But Putin simply denied having anything to do with it. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov saying that Trump accepted Putin's assurances and wanted to move on. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the only other American official in the meeting, who was also once presented with Russia's Order of Friendship, discussed the sit-down at an off-camera briefing afterward.
>> The Russians have asked for proof and evidence. I'll leave that to the intelligence community to address the answer to that question. And again I think the president at this point, he pressed him. And then felt like at this point let's talk about how do we go forward.
>> The pair reportedly joked about unfair press treatment. And according to Tillerson, they agreed to not relitigate the past in order to move forward on issues like ISIS, Syria and North Korea. For months, Trump has promised better relations with Russia but has been hampered by investigations into alleged Russian meddling.
And any possible collusion between Trump aides and the Kremlin. Ahead of their meeting, Trump had some uncharacteristically strong words for Russia during a speech in Poland.>> We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes, including Syria and Iran.
>> But he stopped short of any personal criticism of Putin and declined to say definitively whether he believed Russia had interfered in the 2016 US election.