There have been no talks yet about a possible meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted the Kremlin as saying on Sunday.
“There have not been talks about a meeting yet,” the Kremlin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told RIA.
He was asked for comments after Britain’s Sunday Times reported that Trump had told British officials that such a summit was being planned, possibly to be staged in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik.
Donald Trump’s spokeswoman also denied Sunday a report that the US President-elect’s first foreign trip after taking office would be a summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
The Sunday Times in London, citing unnamed British officials it said had been informed of the plan, said Trump would seek to “reset” relations with the Kremlin, naming Iceland the likely venue.
But Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told AFP the report was “completely false.”
The newspaper said the meeting would emulate Ronald Reagan’s Reykjavik talks with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986 during the Cold War.
Trump has expressed admiration for Putin, and only belatedly accepted US intelligence’s conclusion that hackers acting on the Russian strongman’s authority interfered in November’s elections.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Friday, Trump hinted he may lift sanctions imposed on Russia over Moscow’s alleged cyberattacks, if Russia helps the US on key goals such as fighting jihadist groups.