Putin says he’s ready to meet Trump

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he’s happy to meet with President Donald Trump once Washington is ready to hold the summit.

Putin, speaking to reporters in Qingdao, China, where he attended a summit of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation, said he agreed with Trump’s expressions of concern about a renewed arms race.

Putin added that a thorough discussion is needed to address the issue.

Putin said some nations, including Austria, have offered to host his summit with Trump.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday that Putin and Trump discussed the prospects for their meeting in a March phone call and talked about locations, with Vienna a possibility.

Putin’s remarks follow a report that White House officials were working toward setting up a meeting. Trump has said he was open to having a summit with Putin, who US intelligence officials have said directed Russian meddling in the 2016 election to help Trump win.

The US leader has repeatedly said he wants to improve relationships with Moscow.

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