Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov, speaking after Putin held talks with US National Security Adviser John Bolton in the Kremlin on Wednesday, said the summit would take place in a mutually convenient third country and that several more weeks were needed to prepare for it.
Interested in Donald Trump? The Kremlin said the two men did not broach the subject of sanctions or the diplomatic spat between the USA and Russian Federation. Russian Federation was forced to leave what was previously the G-8 due to its annexation of Crimea, which the global community views as illegal. But he suggested reporters shouldn't dwell on his earlier commentary. He said he did not rule out Trump discussing Russian Federation rejoining the G7 to make it the G8 again.
At the very least, Bolton's trek confirms information relayed by Victor Cha, Trump's scuttled Korean ambassador, at the W hotel in Washington earlier this year. "That's not the position of the United States", Bolton confirmed to reporters.
Bolton, who is well-known for his hawkishness, has been pointedly diplomatic at the press-conference in Moscow and artfully avoided any provocative questions.
Bolton said he was looking forward to discussing "how to improve Russia-US relations and find areas where we can agree and make progress together".
"We did discuss the ABM treaty and a number of other arms control treaties".
He said the issue of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election was raised during the meeting, and the Kremlin reiterated its denial of any interference with the vote. Several journalists also called Bolton out for contradicting his previous statements about Russian Federation. "And as you can see, President Putin agreed". The two leaders are expected to meet again over the summer.
Putin issued a short optimistic statement following his conversation with Bolton.
In addition to a one-on-one meeting, there may also be a protocol event, a working breakfast and joint news conference, Ushakov said after meetings between National Security Adviser John Bolton and Russian officials.