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Putin, Trump may meet by year-end: Kremlin

Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov.

Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov.  

‘U.S. has proposed meet at Washington’

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump have agreed to continue their “useful contacts” and may meet by year’s end, a Kremlin aide said on Tuesday.

Mr. Putin’s top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov said that several days after the Helsinki meeting, the Kremlin received a U.S. proposal to organise a new summit in Washington “at the end of the year”.

“During their meeting in Helsinki, the Presidents reached an understanding that these useful contacts should be continued,” Mr. Ushakov told reporters.

He said the proposal had been passed on to the Russians by Mr. Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Mr. Ushakov said the two sides had not yet started work on organising the Washington meeting.

Mr. Bolton is set to meet with Russian officials in August but it was not clear so far where that meeting would take place, Mr. Ushakov said. Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump may also meet on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Buenos Aires in late November-early December, or at another international event, Mr. Ushakov added.

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