Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Sunday that President Vladimir Putin may meet US President Donald Trump if the two leaders see a need to improve relations, according to Russian news outlets.
“If the two leaders sense the need to meet and return to the issues that we think will bring together Russia and the United States, which some circles in the United States refuse, I think such a meeting will likely take place,” Lavrov said.
Following their meeting in Helsinki in July, Trump was subjected to a wave of criticism at home because he did not confront Putin publicly in regardto Moscow’s intervention in the 2016 US presidential election. Also Trump contradicted during Helsinki summit, the US intelligence agencies’ assessments of the threat posed by Russia.
As a result, Trump postponed in late July, a second meeting with Putin planned for next year.
But few days later Putin said he wanted to host Trump in Moscow and the White House welcomed the idea despite criticism after the Helsinki summit.
Russia is seeking such meetings as it seeks to lift sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union.
Lavrov said on Sunday that Russia was ready to continue communicating with the United States at the level of foreign ministers, if the US side is ready to act on an equal footing.