The Kremlin was reticent on Tuesday about whether it would accept an invitation from U.S. President Donald Trump to hold a summit with Vladimir Putin in Washington later this year, saying only that the two men had other chances to meet as well.
The Kremlin’s failure to swiftly accept Trump’s invitation for a Washington summit has been noticeable. Though Moscow saw the Helsinki summit the two leaders held last week as a success, the fiercely negative reaction by some U.S. politicians to Trump’s performance has taken some in Russia aback.
“There are other options (to meet) which our leaders can look at,” Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters, citing a meeting of G20 leaders in Argentina which starts at the end of November. “Maybe there will be other international events which Trump and Putin will take part in.”