Putin says ready to meet Trump ‘as soon as’ Washington is ready

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said he was ready to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump as soon as Washington was ready, adding Vienna could be a possible venue for such a summit.

“As soon as the American side is ready this meeting would take place depending on my working schedule of course,” Putin told reporters in the Chinese city of Qingdao.

“The US president himself repeatedly said that he would consider such a meeting helpful. I can confirm this. It’s true,” Putin said.

He said he did not discuss a possible meeting venue with Trump but “many” countries including Austria were keen to help in organising such a summit.

“But I believe it’s a technical issue,” he said.

“It’s important for such meetings — if they take place — to have concrete contents.”

The Wall Street Journal, citing a senior European official, reported that Putin asked Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on a visit to Vienna earlier this week to help organise such a meeting and that Washington was considering it.

 

 

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