Donald Trump, the US President blamed his predecessor for ceding Crimea to Russian Federation, according to The Hill. "But US officials say Trump privately has been asking his aides for a bilateral meeting ever since he met with Putin in Vietnam in November on the sidelines of a multilateral economic summit".
Up till now, the West was united in accusing Russian Federation of using force to annex Crimea.
Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said "we don't exclude" the possibility of a Russia-U.S. summit, but added that no specifics have been discussed.
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Before departing for this year's G7 summit on Friday, Trump ruffled feathers by telling reporters he believed Russian Federation should be let back in to the G8.
On March 20, Putin & Trump had a telephone conversation.
Trump, in his remarks, blamed former President Barack Obama for losing Crimea, claiming it was his "fault" because "Putin didn't respect President Obama". "And in the G7, which used to be the G8 - they threw Russia out - they should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table".
Trump is scheduled to travel to Brussels for NATO's annual summit, to be held July 11-12. Kurtz, the report said, agreed to approach Trump about the meeting.
Meanwhile, the Russian president confirmed on June 10 that he was ready to meet with Trump as soon as the U.S. was also ready for that.