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How Putin negotiates

Mikhail Metzel / AP

Former U.S. officials who've been on hand for meetings with Vladimir Putin describe him with a mix of wariness and begrudging respect.

President Trump's aides are understandably anxious ahead of Friday's meeting with Putin, a seasoned political operator and former K.G.B. officer. Here's a list of past Putin experiences, recounted by the Washington Post, the New York Times and The Independent.