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Kremlin: No Date Discussed For Possible Putin-Trump Meeting


U.S. President-elect Donald Trump

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump discussed a possible meeting during their telephone conversation earlier this week but did not discuss when or where it might happen, Putin's spokesman has said.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow on November 17, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that media reports that Trump plans to travel to Moscow soon after his January 20 inauguration were "a canard."

Earlier the same day, the Izvestia newspaper, citing "a senior source" in the U.S. Republican Party, reported that the two leaders had agreed to a summit in Moscow after the inauguration after Trump's "advisers convinced him not to make a trip to Moscow before then."

Peskov said "there are no concrete understandings, agreements, or estimates" regarding the proposed summit.

"It was not mentioned at all when this will happen," he added. He also said there was no discussion of a possible meeting before Trump's inauguration.

President Barack Obama and then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held summits in Prague and in Washington in 2010. A proposed summit between Obama and Putin in September 2013 in Moscow was canceled after Russia granted political asylum to former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Based on reporting by TASS, Izvestia, and The Guardian
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