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Trump offered to host Putin to White House during phone call: Kremlin aide

Putin's foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov that the two sides have not had any "concrete discussions" about the summit

AFP/PTI  |  Moscow 

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File photo of US President Donald Trump, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin

US proposed a summit when he called Russian last month, prior to the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US, a top said on Monday.

"proposed holding a meeting at the in Washington," Putin's top foreign policy aide, Yury Ushakov, told reporters.

On March 20, called Putin to congratulate him on his re-election, and the US leader told reporters afterwards that the two would "probably get together in the not-too-distant future."

In calling Putin, Trump ignored explicit advice from his national security advisers not to do so, The Post has reported, quoting officials familiar with the call.

Ushakov said on Monday, however, that the two sides have not had any "concrete discussions" about the summit since that rare Trump-Putin phone conversation.

"It was Trump himself who proposed holding the meeting," Ushakov said.

"But after that a new breakdown in our bilateral ties has taken place, the diplomats have been expelled."


He expressed the hope that and the could return to "constructive and serious dialogue."

After the call, expelled 60 Russian diplomats and shut down a Russian consulate in Seattle, joining Britain's allies in responding to the of former double agent and his daughter in the English city of on March 4.

responded by sending home 60 US diplomats and closing Washington's consulate in Saint Petersburg.

has, however, said is free to apply to accredit more diplomats to replace those expelled.

First Published: Mon, April 02 2018. 23:42 IST
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