The Associated Press is quoting an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying that President Donald Trump has invited the Russian leader to the White House for a meeting.
However, no date has been set for Putin’s US visit and no other details have been given.
Trump had a heavily publicized telephone conversation with Putin on March 20 in which he congratulated Putin on winning the Russian presidential election two days earlier. The White House and the Kremlin said at the time that the two leaders had discussed the possibility of a face-to-face meeting.
Putin aide Yuri Ushakov reportedly told Russian news agencies on Monday that Trump specifically invited Putin to the White House during the call.
“Ushakov added that their governments didn’t have time to start arranging a meeting before the United States joined Britain and more than two dozen allies in sanctioning Russia over the nerve-agent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in England,” AP said.
Trump reportedly made the call congratulating Putin on his election victory over the objection of some advisers and cabinet members.