Trump says no meeting with Putin set during Paris visit, hopes to meet North Korea's Kim 'early next year'

File photo of US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Nov 07, 2018, 11.41 PM (IST)

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he is not scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his Paris visit this weekend, news agency AFP reported. He also added that he will not stop Russia collusion probe.

According to reports, US President Donald Trump was expected to "briefly" speak with his Russian counterpart when the two presidents meet in Paris this weekend for World War I centenary events, an advisor for the Russian leader said Wednesday.

"It has been agreed that the leaders of the US and Russia will talk only briefly in Paris, it will be a standing meeting," foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov said, Russian news agencies reported.

The prospect of a full meeting between Putin and Trump had prompted huge international media interest, the advisor said, adding that the French organisers had expressed concern this could overshadow the commemorations. 

Trump said Monday he did not expect to hold talks with Putin during the November 11 events, which 60 heads of state and government are expected to attend.

Meanwhile, Trump also stated that he will meet North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un 'early next year', adding that although he is 'happy' with North Korea talks, there is 'no rush,' news agency AFP reported. 

In a wide-ranging news conference after congressional elections, Trump said he was willing to accede to North Korea's key demand of easing sanctions "but they have to be responsive to us."

(With inputs from AFP)