Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he wanted US President Donald Trump to be his guest in Moscow, an idea that the White House welcomed despite lingering criticism over the Helsinki summit.
The Russian leader said on a visit to South Africa for an economic conference that “appropriate conditions” were required in both countries for another summit to take place, an apparent reference to a political uproar in the United States last week after the two men met.
The White House said Trump was enthusiastic about another summit. Trump has said he wants to improve ties between the two nuclear powers, whose relations have dipped to a post-Cold War low in recent years.
“President Trump looks forward to having President Putin to Washington after the first of the year, and he is open to visiting Moscow upon receiving a formal invitation,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
Trump was criticized at home for failing to confront Putin publicly over Moscow’s interference in the 2016 US election, and for seeming to contradict his own intelligence agencies on the threat from Russia. Trump has defended his conduct.
News credit : Indiatoday