Kremlin: Putin’s meeting with Bolton being prepared

Kremlin: Putin’s meeting with Bolton being prepared

Preparations for the possible meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton during the latter’s trip to Moscow are underway, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russia’s Channel One broadcaster.

According to him, the Russian side is waiting for Bolton to visit Moscow, the meetings are being prepared. Peskov recalled that Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev is Bolton's direct partner, so the Russian Security Council is also preparing for this dialogue. 

The Kremlin spokesman noted that other meetings are also planned, including with Putin’s aide on external politics Yury Ushakov

"I cannot rule out contacts in the Foreign Ministry, but we are also preparing a possible meeting with President Putin and we hope that this meeting will take place," Sputnik cited Peskov as saying.

Earlier, Ushakov said that Bolton will visit Moscow on October 22-23 to meet for talks with Patrushev, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ushakov himself. The Kremlin aide noted there had been no agreements on the US official’s meeting with Putin yet.