Trump open to Moscow visit if Putin formally invites him

Trump open to Moscow visit if Putin formally invites him

Trump open to Moscow visit if Putin formally invites him

President Trump is willing to visit Moscow, the White House said Friday, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin said Trump "has such an invitation". A CNN report said his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen planned to tell Mueller that Trump did know of the meeting. I am ready for that. "We are ready for such meetings".

Speaking to reporters in South Africa, where he was attending a summit of Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations, Putin said another meeting was still on the agenda, despite both sides appearing to back away from such suggestions after it prompted anger.

"Regarding our meetings, I understand very well what President Trump said. I am prepared to go to Washington, but, I repeat, if the appropriate conditions for work are created".

"The security screening process that is done for all gifts was done for the soccer ball", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. The two leaders may not meet again one-on-one until next year.

"In Helsinki, we talked about the issues in which our states have a real stake".

Putin said he and Trump have important matters to discuss, including Iran, the war in Syria, and the looming expiration of the New Start nuclear arms control treaty in 2021.

The US Secret Service said in a statement, "All gifts given to the President are subject to thorough security screening". Russian Federation and the United States have a stake in that, the whole world has a stake in that, in not starting an arms race.

Russian Federation is under punitive sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union and wants them lifted.

"Yes, we have contacts on a working level, but sometimes that's not enough, we need contacts at the highest political level", Putin said.

A summit last week between the pair in Helsinki caused Trump serious domestic problems, with the U.S. president accused of appeasing a man who allegedly tried to tilt the 2016 United States presidential election.

Trump has come under fire, even from Republican lawmakers, for having extended an invitation to Putin after the controversial summit in Helsinki, Finland.

Collins says earlier Wednesday she was summoned to the office of Bill Shine, the former Fox News executive who was recently named White House communications chief.

The White House also said that Trump does not support Putin's proposal to allow Russia to interview American officials in exchange for access to indicted Russians - an offer Trump initially called "incredible".

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