President Putin invites Donald Trump to Moscow

  • President Putin invites Donald Trump to Moscow

President Putin invites Donald Trump to Moscow

But speaking to reporters in South Africa, where he was attending a summit of BRICS nations, Putin said another meeting with Trump was still on the agenda.

Newly appointed White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Bill Shine (who was formerly the co-president of Fox News), and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, informed Collins that she had been "dis-invited from the press availability in the Rose Garden", after explaining that her questions had been "inappropriate for that venue", and alleging that she had been shouting. "In 2021, the New START treaty expires", he said, referring to a nuclear arms control treaty.

"(Trump) has a desire to conduct meetings in the future and I am ready", Putin said, stressing, however, that conditions should be in place for such events to go ahead.

Trump initially invited Putin to Washington, D.C., in the fall to follow up on their summit in Helsinki, Finland, which was widely criticized for the USA president's refusal to publicly confront the Russian leader over election interference.

Putin, who also said he's "ready to go to Washington", repeatedly acknowledged that the conditions must be right before the two men can get back together.

He said the global deal on Iran's nuclear program, from which Trump has withdrawn, was also an area that needed US-Russian dialogue.

And the strongman Russian president said he was ready for further meetings to ease tensions between Washington and Moscow.

He said he understood the U.S. leader's position, adding they planned to meet on the sidelines of a G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires starting late November. How can you have these if they don't exist? Collins asked. "Mr. President, are you anxious about what Michael Cohen is going to say to prosecutors?.Why has Vladimir Putin not accepted your invitation, Mr. President?"

Trump was heavily criticized by Democrats, Republicans, and the United States media for meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, earlier this month. "There are some things you can't do over the phone".

"Yes, we have contacts on a working level, but sometimes that's not enough, we need contacts at the highest political level", Putin said.