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Putin has invited Trump to Moscow, saying they need to talk in person

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Russian
President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the BRICS summit in
Johannesburg, South Africa July 27, 2018.

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REUTERS


  • Russian President Vladimir Putin told the crowd at the
    BRICS summit in South Africa on Friday that he invited
    President Donald Trump to Moscow and would accept Trump’s
    invitation to Washington.
  • Putin said phone calls between the leaders wouldn’t
    suffice, and the leaders had to meet in person, according to
    Reuters.
  • Previously, a Kremlin aide had poured cold water on the
    idea of a second meeting between the leaders after Trump
    invited Putin to Washington just three days after the summit,
    saying they should wait or meet in a group.

Russian Vladimir Putin told the crowd at the BRICS summit in
South Africa on Friday that he invited President Donald Trump to
Moscow and would accept Trump’s invitation to Washington.

Trump and Putin met in Helsinki, Finland earlier in July, during
which Trump appeared to side with Putin’s assessment of Russia’s
meddling in the 2016 US presidential election over that of his
own intelligence officials.

Trump later said he misspoke, and
that the reverse of his comments were true, but that came after
an intense spike of domestic
criticism
and two of his top intelligence officials hinting
they may resign

Putin said phone calls between the leaders wouldn’t suffice, and
the leaders had to meet in person, according to
Reuters. 

Previously, a Kremlin aide had poured cold water on the idea of a
second meeting between the leaders after Trump invited Putin to
Washington just three days after the summit.

The aide said the Kremlin would prefer to “let the
dust settle”
after the first meeting, and that the leaders
could meet on the sidelines of the G20 leaders summit, slated to
take place at the end of November. 

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