Sunday 25 February 2018

Vladimir Putin hails Slovenia's offer to host first meeting with Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Slovenian President Borut Pahor during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Slovenian President Borut Pahor during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

Vladimir Isachenkov, in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is grateful to Slovenia for its offer to host his first meeting with US President Donald Trump, adding that it will depend on Washington.

Speaking after Kremlin talks with his Slovenian counterpart, Mr Putin said that Russia welcomes Mr Trump's statements about the need to restore strained Russia-US ties.

He said Moscow is waiting for the Trump administration to prepare for dialogue.

Mr Putin added that Moscow and Washington could jointly tackle the terror threat and deal with other global challenges.

He thanked the Slovenian president for his readiness to organise his meeting with Mr Trump.

Mr Putin added it will depend on the US on whether to hold such a meeting.

Press Association

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