Trump invited Putin to White House, but no date set

Trump invited Putin to White House, but no date set

Trump invited Putin to White House, but no date set

Washington and Kremlin have, in individual statements, confirmed that United States President Donald Trump proposed the White House as one of the venues for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Trump and Putin had a telephone conversation on March 20 in which Trump congratulated Putin on winning the Russian presidential election two days earlier.

Both sides said they had not started preparations for such a visit. Here's why that has alarms ringing in diplomatic and foreign policy circles.

Yury Ushakov, a top Putin foreign policy aide, has now revealed that "Trump proposed holding a meeting at the White House in Washington" during the call.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that "a number of potential venues, including the White House", were discussed.

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Trump has avoided criticizing Putin personally even as his administration has crossed Moscow by providing Ukraine with lethal weapons and upholding Obama-era sanctions against Russian Federation and its shuttering of diplomatic outposts. "The only reason you should do it is if you're going to obtain a concrete objective that serves America's national security interest before the meeting", he said.

Trump joined Britain in expelling scores of Russian diplomats in response.

McFaul said he feared that Trump "thinks that a good meeting with Putin is the objective of his foreign policy with Russian Federation".

But Mr Putin's foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov says it's "quite an interesting and positive idea". "That should be the means to achieve things that are actually of importance to the United States".

Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia are anxious about the prospect of Russian Federation seeking to spread its influence throughout the region, and went to the White House as a group to seek more military assistance from the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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As president, Trump met Putin in July at the Group of 20 summit in Germany and then briefly at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam in November.

Baltic leaders have increased their criticism of Russian Federation since it annexed part of Ukraine in 2014, but their White House visit comes at an unusual time for U.S.

But Trump has expressed skepticism over USA defense commitments overseas, and used the same press conference on Tuesday to say he wants US involvement in Syria to end as soon as the Islamic State is defeated.

But during Mr Obama's presidency, meetings between the U.S. president and Russian leader occurred at global summits and along the sidelines of the United Nations gathering in NY.

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