Moscow has received no confirmation from Washington that US President Donald Trump is willing to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 summit, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told TASS, commenting on a report by AFP that Trump had expressed his willingness for such a meeting to take place.
“The Kremlin does not possess such confirmations,” Peskov said. “In this regard, nothing has changed: the American party has not initiated an individual meeting in any way.”
The G20 summit will be held between 27 and 28 June in Osaka.
The previous meeting between Putin and Trump was planned for the G20 summit in Argentina in December last year, but the US President called it off literally the day before. Russia responded that it is still willing to enter into dialog with the US, on the condition that Washington initiates the contact.
Earlier this week, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters that the possibility of a meeting between Putin and Trump at the G20 summit is still “in the air”, and that although the US voiced the idea, it has done nothing to make it more concrete.
In a meeting with Putin on 14 May in Sochi, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that such a meeting was possible. However, so far no official request has been sent by the US.