Kremlin says Russia’s Putin is open to meeting Trump at G20 if asked

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SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is open to a new meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump if Moscow receives a formal proposal for such an encounter, a Kremlin aide said on Tuesday after Putin held talks with U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

Trump on Monday said he planned to meet Putin on the sidelines of a meeting of G20 nations in Japan next month, but the Kremlin said it had not yet received any formal request from Washington for such a meeting.

Yuri Ushakov, the Kremlin aide, said Putin’s meeting with Pompeo at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi had not yielded any breakthrough, but had been held in a business-like atmosphere.