US President Donald Trump proposed his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to organize a meeting at the White House during a telephone conversation on March 20, before the diplomatic crisis triggered by the Skripal case, the councilor said on Monday. Kremlin, Yuri Ushakov.
“During his telephone interview, it was Trump himself who proposed the meeting,” Ushakov told reporters. “Trump proposed to organize this meeting in Washington, in the White House,” Ushakov said.
“But then, our bilateral relations deteriorated again” with the reciprocal expulsions of diplomats, he added, related to the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergey Skripal in the United Kingdom.
According to the Kremlin councilor, since March 20, “there was no concrete discussion about the terms of that meeting.”
“We would like to believe that the measures taken by the Americans on the basis of gratuitous accusations will be withdrawn and that we will be able to begin a constructive and serious dialogue,” Ushakov said.
From the call of March 20, Trump approved the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats in the United States, in response to the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia using a nerve agent.
Russia, which denies its responsibility in the poisoning and denounces a “provocation” and an “anti-Russian campaign”, responded with a similar expulsion of diplomats.