Saturday 22 September 2018

US security adviser meets Putin for talks over possible summit

The Russian leader said that he had never wanted a confrontation with the United States.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with US security adviser John Bolton (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with US security adviser John Bolton (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has met his US counterpart Donald Trump’s national security adviser for talks intended to set the stage for a US-Russian summit.

As he greeted John Bolton in the Kremlin, Mr Putin noted that US-Russian relations are at a low point, which he said was mostly due to US political infighting.

He voiced hope that Mr Bolton’s visit would make the first steps toward improving ties.

The Russian president added that Russia never wanted a confrontation with the US, offering to discuss what can be done to “restore full-fledged relations based on equality and mutual respect”.

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Mr Putin, right, and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov (AP)

Mr Bolton said he was looking forward to discussing “how to improve Russia-US relations and find areas where we can agree and make progress together”.

He added that when Moscow and Washington had differences in the past, Russian and US leaders met and that was “good for both countries, good for stability in the world”.

Mr Bolton noted that “President Trump feels very strongly on that subject”.

The US adviser said that he would like to hear Mr Putin’s account of “how you handled the World Cup so successfully” in anticipation of the United States co-hosting the 2026 World Cup.

Press Association

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