Putin says ball in US's court for improvement in ties - Ifax

Saturday, 2018-06-09 19:37:24
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This file photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and his US counterpart Donald Trump at APEC Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, November 11, 2017.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on June 9 he hoped Moscow's relations with Washington would improve, but that the ball was in the United States' court, the Interfax news agency reported.

"I hope (an improvement in ties) also takes place. At any rate, we are ready for it. I think the ball is in the Americans' court," Putin was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on the same day told reporters that Vienna is one of the cities being considered as the venue for a possible summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump.

Putin said last month that the proposed summit between him and Trump was not working out for now and was beset by problems.

Trump said in March that the two leaders would meet soon, but since then already poor ties between Washington and Moscow have deteriorated further over the conflict in Syria and the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.

Meanwhile, speaking on June 8 before heading to the summit of the Group of Seven (G7) in Canada, US President Donald Trump said that Russia should be attending the summit.

"You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run and the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out, they can let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table," Trump told reporters before leaving Washington.