Kremlin says idea of Putin-Trump meeting at G20 in Japan up in air

Kremlin says idea of Putin-Trump meeting at G20 in Japan up in air

The Kremlin said that a U.S. idea for President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet at a meeting of the G20 in Japan later this month was hanging in the air and that there were no discussions on specifics yet, Reuters reports.

Trump appeared to take the Kremlin by surprise last month when he said he planned to meet Putin at the G20 in Osaka, though Moscow was quick to say it was open to such a meeting and hoped it would happen.

Russia has long been keen to try to start rebuilding battered U.S.-Russia relations, which remain strained by everything from Syria to Ukraine and allegations of Russian interference in U.S. politics, which Moscow denies.

But the Kremlin has also made clear it is expecting to receive a formal proposal for such a meeting from the United States and has noted that the last planned session between Putin and Trump was canceled at Washington’s initiative.

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