Putin’s meeting with Trump in Washington out of question — Kremlin

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MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s possible meeting with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, in Washington is out of question in the current situation, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, adding that the best option would be a meeting on the margins of an international summit.

According to the Kremlin spokesman, the topic of Putin’s possible visit to the United States was raised at the two leaders’ talks in Helsinki this summer. “Back then, this possibility was looked at but now it is out of question. No one says a word about it because now general prospects for their next meeting are unclear,” he said. “Critical mass of dialogue is needed for that, but now it is lacking.”

“De facto, the easiest option is to meet on the sidelines of international multilateral forums,” he said. “The next such event will be held in Osaka. It will be the next Group of Twenty summit, in six months. And it is an untenable pause both for our bilateral relations and for international security and stability.”

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