Trump 'open' to visiting Moscow for meeting with Putin

Trump has said he wants to improve ties between the two nuclear powers, whose relations have dipped to a post-Cold War low in recent years.

Collins said after she shouted questions to President Donald Trump during an event in the Oval Office on Wednesday, Shine pulled her into his office along with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for a dressing down.

Putin said Friday he is ready to invite Trump if conditions are right, and he is also ready to visit Washington.

Trump had initially invited Putin to Washington this fall for a follow-up meeting to their Helsinki summit, but Trump national security adviser John Bolton changed the timeline this week, saying Trump now believes it should take place "after the Russian Federation witch hunt is over" and "after the first of the year". Trump has repeatedly denounced the investigation as a "witch hunt" meant to delegitimize his presidency.

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Putin added that both he and President Trump share the intention of holding another meeting following this month's Helsinki summit.

"It is important that appropriate conditions are in place for our meeting and such conditions must be arranged in our countries as well", Putin said.

Relations between Russian Federation and the United States have been fraught because of rows over Russia's annexation of Crimea, and allegations - denied by Moscow - that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win.

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The announcement of a second summit appeared to come as a surprise to Mr Trump's director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, who said he still did not know what the two leaders had discussed during their meeting. "He has such an invitation, I told him that".

Efforts by both Trump and Putin to achieve detente have been fiercely resisted by US lawmakers, including some in Trump's own Republican Party, accusing him of being too friendly toward Putin, whom they consider an adversary of the United States. However, efforts to achieve a detente have been fiercely resisted by the USA lawmakers, including some in Trump's own Republican Party, who accuse him of being too friendly towards Putin.

Speaking to reporters in South Africa today, the Kremlin chief said he had invited Donald Trump for a summit in the Russian capital.

If these talks do pan out, they would be the first since 2015.

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