Putin says he is ready to visit Washington

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he had invited U.S. leader Donald Trump to visit Moscow and was ready to travel to Washington for a new summit, as he praised their “useful” meetings.

“I am ready to go to Washington,” Mr. Putin told reporters after a summit of the leaders of the BRICS group in Johannesburg, adding that he had also invited Mr. Trump to visit Moscow.

“He has a desire to conduct meetings in the future and I am ready,” he said, stressing however that conditions should be in place for such events to go ahead.

Mr. Putin said he and Mr. Trump planned to meet on the sidelines of a G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires starting late November and possibly other venues which he did not name. He said the two leaders needed to see each other face-to-face to discuss a host of international and bilateral issues.

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