John Bolton Visits Moscow Next Week, Prepare for U.S.-Russian Summit

Published June 22nd, 2018 - 05:00 GMT
John Bolton is set to visit Russia during the coming week. (AFP/ File)
John Bolton is set to visit Russia during the coming week. (AFP/ File)

The Kremlin said Thursday that US President Donald Trump's national security adviser is to visit Moscow.

Asked to comment on an Interfax news agency report that John Bolton is due to visit Russia next week as part of preparations for a US-Russian summit, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the expected visit.

Responding to media reports that Putin's meeting with Trump may take place next month, Peskov said Thursday that "we have nothing to say yet, and if and when we are ready we will make the relevant statement."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov emphasized that "we are ready for contacts," adding that "if the agreement on a high-level meeting is reached, it will be announced."

The Kremlin added that there were no plans for a meeting between Trump and Putin before the NATO summit, Interfax reported. Trump is expected to attend the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11-12.

Last Friday, Trump hinted at the possibility of meeting Putin this summer.

Asked whether he was planning to meet with Putin this summer, Trump said it was possible.

“It’s possible that we’ll meet, yeah,” Trump told reporters.

As for the site of the potential US-Russian summit, the Austrian capital, Vienna, was under consideration, two sources familiar with the discussions said on Monday.

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