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Putin Open To Meeting With Obama At UN This Month

The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin is open to meeting with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama when he visits the United Nations later this month.

"President Putin is always open to dialogue, especially with his colleague President Obama," Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said September 15.

But while Putin would like to have a meeting, none has been scheduled, he said.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama and Putin might meet in New York, though he could not confirm any actual plans.

"Certainly, there is the possibility that the two leaders could meet while they're there, because they are likely to be there at the same time," he said.

Putin is due to arrive in New York on September 28 to address the UN General Assembly.

Obama and Putin last met in November 2014 at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing.

The Ukraine conflict that erupted last year has led to the worst stand-off in U.S.-Russian relations since the Cold War.

Based on reporting by AFP and TASS