Donald Trump met Emin Agalarov, Russian pop star and son of Russian billionaire, real estate developer, and Putin ally Aras Agalarov, via Emin’s relationship with the 2012 miss universe winner. Source
On November 9, 2013, Donald Trump held the Miss Universe pageant at Agalarov property Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia. The Agalarovs paid the Trump Organization $20 Million for this event. Source Trump met with Russian oligarchs Aras Agalarov, Alex Sapir, and Rotem Rosen to discuss potential Russian real estate deals. Source
During this event, Aras Agalarov acted as a “liaison” between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Source
On November 11, 2013, Donald Trump posted a note to Aras Agalarov on Twitter confirming that they had discussed a business deal in Moscow for a new “Trump Tower.”
@AgalarovAras I had a great weekend with you and your family. You have done a FANTASTIC job. TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next. EMIN was WOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2013
On November 12, 2013, Itar-Tass reported a conversation with Donald Trump where he said, “‘I have plans to start business in Russia… I am currently in talks with several Russian companies to build a skyscraper on the model of Trump Tower in New York.’ The businessman did not name his partners or the size of the investment.” Source
On February 10, 2014, on the Fox & Friends television show, Donald Trump claimed that Russian president Vladimir Putin contacted him while he was in Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. Source Later, at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump claimed that Putin had sent him a “beautiful present” at the pageant. Source