Russian leader Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump may meet before the next Group of 20 summit in July after the Kremlin hailed a restoration of respect in relations following their first phone talks.
Aides will work on a possible date and location for a meeting after Putin and Trump held “constructive” discussions that emphasized “respect as a very important principle in bilateral relations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Monday. “A lack of mutual respect in previous years was largely the cause of the reversal and degradation in our relations.”
The conversation on Saturday went well “in a political and personal sense,” and was based on “the national interests of each country,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Moscow. There was “mutual respect and a desire by both leaders to communicate without moralizing,” he said.