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Putin says willing to meet Trump whenever US is ready

AP  |  Qingdao 

Russian said today he's happy to meet with once is ready to hold the summit.

Putin, speaking to reporters in Qingdao, China, where he attended a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, said he agreed with Trump's expressions of concern about a renewed arms race. added that a thorough discussion is needed to address the issue.

said that some nations, including Austria, have offered to host his summit with Trump.

Putin's remarks follow a report that officials were working toward setting up a meeting. Trump has said he was open to having a summit with Putin, who officials have said directed Russian meddling in the 2016 election to help Trump win.

The American leader has repeatedly said he wants to improve relationships with

Earlier today, from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at the summit.

He emphasised that the bloc's members, who also include China, four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as and Pakistan, are worried about the US move.

Putin said that Washington's decision to exit the agreement could "destabilize the situation" in the region. He added that will continue to honour its obligations under the Iranian nuclear deal.

Last month, Trump pulled out of former Barack Obama's landmark 2015 nuclear accord with over the objections of European allies and other nations.

Addressing the summit, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose country has an observer status in the group, said that would expect other participants in the nuclear deal to provide guarantees that they would honor the agreement.

Founded in 2001, the Beijing-based SCO has largely served as a vehicle for resolving border issues, fighting terrorism and more implicitly to counter American influence in following its invasion of

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 14:40 IST