MOSCOW – The Kremlin said Wednesday that Russia and the United States had agreed not to hold a summit in Paris to divert attention from weekend commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump expect to see each other briefly, but will not hold a large-scale meeting during the centenary of the ceasefire, said Kremlin's foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov.
Ushakov said that France had expressed concern that a Putin-Trump summit would steal the spotlight on Parisian observations. Officials from the US and Russia decided to postpone the meeting by the end of the month, when both leaders expect to attend a group of 20 summits in Argentina.
Trump said on Monday he "probably" will not meet with Putin in Paris, but will meet him during the G-20.
When US security advisor John Bolton visited Moscow last month, he and Russian officials talked about presidents visiting countries in their other country, Ushakov said.
"A possible exchange of visits to Moscow and Washington was discussed, but there was no concrete discussion on the issue," he added.
Bolton said last month that Putin was invited to Washington next year, but a date has not been set.
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