* Kremlin says ‘there are other options’ than the White House for a Putin-Trump meeting this fall
* Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said that Washington and Moscow agreed there was a need for another meeting but Russia has made no preparations
* ‘Maybe there will be other international events which Trump and Putin will take part in,’ Ushakov said
The Kremlin was reticent on Tuesday about whether it would accept an invitation from U.S. President Donald Trump to hold a summit with Vladimir Putin in Washington later this year, saying only that the two men had other chances to meet as well.
The Kremlin’s failure to swiftly accept Trump’s invitation for a Washington summit has been noticeable.
Though Moscow saw the Helsinki summit between the two leaders held last week as a success, the fiercely negative reaction by some U.S. politicians to Trump’s performance has taken some in Russia aback.
Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said that though Washington and Moscow agreed there was a need for another Putin-Trump meeting, Russia had not yet begun any practical preparations for a new meeting.
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WNU Editor: A week after the Helsinki Summit I can say without hesitation that Russian pundits have been surprised by the overwhelming negative U.S. press and political backlash to the Trump-Putin summit. Bottom-line …. the Kremlin is going to avoid having President Putin traveling to the U.S. for now, and will use other channels in the future for their leader to meet President Trump.