The US National Security Adviser, John Bolton, had announced on Friday morning that Donald Trump has formally invited Russia President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington DC early next year.
“We have invited President Putin to Washington”, Bolton said during a visit to Tbilisi, Georgia.
However, the New York Times has reported that it is not yet clear whether Putin has accepted the invitation or not since no formal responses have been announced.
This news understands that Vladimir Putin has met with President Donald Trump multiple times in various international meetings, but they have only had one official summit in Helsinki this past July. Therefore, this is said to be the only planned meeting for the Russia leader and the Trump Administration.
Similarly, the Times also reported that Trump and Putin have planned to hold a meeting in Paris on November 11th, during ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
As such, the meeting would be a highly anticipated sequel to the pair’s controversial summit in Helsinki in July, igniting a firestorm of criticism against Trump, who has ignored the Republican hawks to seek a close personal relationship with Putin.
In addition to that, the US is to impose a new sanction on Russia next month, over the use of a novichok nerve agent in the attempted murder of the former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisburg, England.