MOSCOW, 3 APR — RIA Novosti. The President of the United States Donald trump discussed with Vladimir Putin a few possible meeting places, said press Secretary of the White house Sarah Sanders.
“As confirmed by the President himself (trump) March 20, a few hours after the phone call with President Putin, they discussed the bilateral meeting “in the not so distant future” and a number of possible places including the White house. At the moment we have nothing to add,” said Sanders.
Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov had previously reported that trump has offered Putin to hold a bilateral meeting in Washington.
“If all goes well, I hope that the Americans will not abandon its proposal to discuss the possibility of holding a summit,” he added.
While the who stressed that the summit is only possible in the second half of the year.
“After this conversation, which was constructive and business-like in nature, touched on many issues. Then there was another failure in our bilateral relations — 60 expulsion of diplomats, the closure of the Consulate General. In this step, the Russian side had adequately mirror to answer,” — said Ushakov.
He added that for this reason, after March 20 the question of the organization of the meeting of leaders was not raised.
The conversation Putin and trump
The President of the United States Donald trump 20 Mar called Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, as reported by the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, the conversation of the heads of state turned out to be constructive.
According to him, the American leader congratulated Putin on his victory in the presidential election.
As noted by Peskov, Putin and trump agreed that the number of problematic issues dictates the need for a personal meeting. Some specific dates such summit has not been named. The parties also called for the development of cooperation in strategic stability and the fight against terrorism.
The leaders of Russia and the USA have met twice. In July, the presidents held full-scale talks during the G20 summit in Hamburg, discussed the problems of bilateral relations, the Syrian and Ukrainian crises. In November, Putin and trump talked of “feet” at the APEC summit in da Nang. During the meeting, they approved a joint statement on Syria. After that, the heads of state had several conversations on the phone.
The deterioration of Russian-American relations
The American authorities on 26 March in solidarity with the Kingdom demanded that 60 Russian diplomats, including 12 employees mission to the UN, left the country and closed the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle and ordered to leave the residence of the Consul General in Seattle until April 25. The expulsion of diplomats was the largest in the recent history of relations between the two countries.
After that, the Russian foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, where he stated that based on the principle of reciprocity, in order of response 58 of the Embassy staff in Moscow and two employees of the Consulate in Yekaterinburg declared persona non grata. In addition, we closed the Consulate General of the USA in St.-Petersburg.