File photo of US President Donald Trump (r) and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Photograph:( Reuters )
The Kremlin said Wednesday it was ready to discuss the possibility of a summit in Washington next year between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US counterpart Donald Trump.
"Undoubtedly (we are) ready," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists after US National Security Advisor John Bolton told Russia's Interfax news agency that such a summit was possible.
He confirmed that the issue has been "raised" but that "so far there is no concrete decision on this."
The Kremlin is preparing for a "possible meeting" between the two leaders at an event in Paris on November 11 commemorating the centenary of the end of World War I, Peskov said.
Bolton arrived in Moscow on Sunday evening and held talks with Putin and other Russian officials. He said at a press conference that Trump wished to meet Putin at the World War I commemorations.
The US official told Interfax in an interview published Wednesday that Washington expected the two leaders to discuss in Paris a possible summit in Washington next year, after which Trump could visit Moscow.
Bolton's visit came just after Trump announced that the US would pull out of a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty.
Asked whether the Kremlin wanted to continue discussions with the US on the treaty, Peskov said that "as far as we understand the American side has taken the decision and is formalising in the near future the process of withdrawing from this treaty."