There are no specific details on a possible earlier meeting between the Russian and US presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, spokesman for the Russian president Dmitry Peskov said, RIA Novosti reported. His iterations of respect for Putin, combined with little condemnation for Russian actions in Ukraine or Syria have earned him criticism from the opposition Democratic Party, as well as from some fellow Republicans.
Trump has routinely defended Putin, including in a recent interview with Fox's Bill O'Reilly, where he excused the history of Putin's critics winding up poisoned by saying, "You think our country's so innocent?"
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Equally, during the campaign, the Kremlin denied Putin or his staff had ever contacted Trump, before boasting that they had contact with his campaign all along, shortly after Trump's election triumph.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked about the conversation Monday, but he declined to comment. Assuming that there is a G20 summit in July this year, one way or the other the presidents will meet there, but, as you know, there has been talk about the possibility of an earlier meeting. "There are also no working deadlines (for it)". Putin noted that he also met with former US President Barack Obama in the Slovenian capital.
Kremlin and Washington have many issues to talk over and agree upon in order to mend the U.S. - Russian ties, whilst the meeting between the leaders might take place only in July.