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Putin Ready to Meet with Trump at G-20 Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's ready for a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, but doesn't expect a quick improvement of Russia-U.S. ties. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's ready for a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, but doesn't expect a quick improvement of Russia-U.S. ties. |  Photo: ABC News

Created: June 20, 2019 08:23 AM

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's ready for a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, but doesn't expect a quick improvement of Russia-U.S. ties.

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Trump said he expects to meet with Putin on the sidelines of next week's G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, but the Kremlin said that the White House hasn't yet formally requested a meeting.

Speaking during Thursday's live call-in show, Putin said that "we are ready for dialogue as much as our partners are." He added that Russia and the U.S. particularly need to talk about arms control issues.

Putin charged that U.S.-Russian relations have become part of domestic political infighting, clouding prospects for improvement of ties between Washington and Moscow. Putin added that even if Trump wants to improve diplomacy with Russia, he faces strong resistance from the establishment.

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