WORLD No request for Putin-Trump meeting yet from Washington: Kremlin

WORLD

No request for Putin-Trump meeting yet from Washington: Kremlin

Xinhua

21:49, May 14, 2019

MOSCOW, May 14 (Xinhua) - Washington has not yet requested a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Japan's Osaka in June, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

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US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin react at the end of the joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: VCG)

Peskov told reporters that the Kremlin had noted Trump's statement on Monday that he intended to meet Putin on the sidelines of the Osaka summit.

However, in the absence of an official request, there is no understanding that a meeting between the two presidents will indeed take place, he said.

Peskov said Putin will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday after the top US diplomat finishes talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Putin is likely to discuss Russia-US relations, strategic stability and disarmament, Iran, Syria, Venezuela and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula with Pompeo, the spokesman said.

In early May, Trump spoke over the phone with Putin for more than an hour, a conversation Trump touted later in a tweet as "very good."

Trump canceled a formal meeting with Putin in Buenos Aires in December last year, citing mounting tensions between Russia and Ukraine. 

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