Putin may meet Trump before G20 in July, says Kremlin

Updated on Jan 30, 2017 07:46 PM IST

The Kremlin says it is too early to talk about any possible deals with the US over sanctions on Russia, but President Vladimir Putin could meet US President Donald Trump before the G20 in July.

A woman shouts out as she stands in front of effigies portraying Russia's President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump at a rally in Seattle to oppose Trump's executive order banning travel to the US by citizens of several countries .(AP)
A woman shouts out as she stands in front of effigies portraying Russia's President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump at a rally in Seattle to oppose Trump's executive order banning travel to the US by citizens of several countries .(AP)
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The Kremlin said on Monday it was too early to talk about any possible deals with the United States over sanctions on Russia, but that President Vladimir Putin could meet US President Donald Trump before the G20 in July.

Putin and Trump spoke over phone on Saturday and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Monday that the exchange had been a good one.

“(But) it’s hardly possible to talk about any kind of deals (over sanctions),” said Peskov.

“To start with we must fix the date and time of a meeting between the two presidents. Aides are working on this now,” he said, adding that a meeting could happen before a G20 summit scheduled to take place in Hamburg on July 7-8.

Peskov said that Putin and Trump had not discussed sanctions in their phone call on Saturday, their first conversation since Trump’s inauguration.

US President Donald Trump, joined by (left to right) chief of staff Reince Priebus, vice-president Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, communications director Sean Spicer and national security advisor Michael Flynn, speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. (Reuters)
US President Donald Trump, joined by (left to right) chief of staff Reince Priebus, vice-president Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, communications director Sean Spicer and national security advisor Michael Flynn, speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. (Reuters)

But, he said: “We have seen a readiness to solve difficult problems through dialogue, which President Putin has long been calling for and unfortunately in previous years did not find a response (to).”

Peskov said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would attend the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in June.

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