Trump 'open' to visiting Moscow for meeting with Putin

The White House has confirms President Trump is open to traveling to Moscow to hold another meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Trump and Putin may meet on the sidelines of an global conference at some point, the Russian government had said, but the upshot of Friday's back-and-forth was that both leaders want another bilateral summit as well at some point.

Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Thursday that Kaitlan Collins was denied access to Trump's Rose Garden event with the European Commission president on Wednesday because of her refusal to leave the Oval Office during a previous availability with the president. "Be my guest. He has such an invitation, I told him that", Mr Putin said while speaking at the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) economic summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Putin added: "I am ready to go to Washington".

Putin said he and Trump have important matters to discuss, including Iran, the war in Syria, and the looming expiration of the New Start nuclear arms control treaty in 2021.

After the Helsinki summit, Trump was criticized at home for failing to publicly confront Putin over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and for seeming to contradict his own intelligence agencies on the threat from Russian Federation.

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However, he noted the right conditions and circumstances need to be arranged before another meeting can happen.

On Wednesday, the White House announced that a planned follow-up meeting between Trump and Putin in Washington, originally expected to take place this fall, will instead be pushed to next year.

"Despite the difficulties, in this particular case difficulties linked to the internal political situation in the United States, life goes on and our contacts continue", he said. It underscores Trump's eagerness to forge a warmer relationship with Putin, though the Russian does not appear to share the urgency and Trump's allies in Washington are watching with frustration. "We are not going to comment further on security procedures". Russian Federation and the United States have a stake in that, the whole word has a stake in that, in not starting an arms race. How can you have these if they don't exist?

The president, his son, his lawyers and other administration officials have repeatedly said Trump did not know about the meeting until news of it broke in July 2017.

"You can criticize him for what he is doing, and some people do criticize him, however, one thing remains absolutely clear - he is committed to fulfilling his campaign promises".

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