Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said Friday that Russia is ready to talk about Russian President Vladimir Putin possibly meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House for a second summit.
“Russia was always open to such proposals. We are ready for discussions on this subject,” Antonov said, according to Associated Press.
However, Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say that Putin will not be welcome this fall to meet with Congress, according to his spokesperson, The Hill reports.
With the occasion of a few, like Kentucky Republican Sen, Rand Paul, many Republican senators including, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, John Cornyn of Texas, Roy Blunt of Missouri, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia are steering clear from any endorsement of Trump’s meeting with Putin on Monday or a second meeting in the near future, according to The Hill.
“At this point I think we need to clarify where we are. It’s a little cloudy, so if he’s asking my advice I would say let’s let the dust settle here. Let’s work on some of the issues they talked about.” Capito said, according to The Hill.
Antonov agrees. He said both countries need to “deal with the results” of the Monday meeting before moving on to what’s next, according to Associated Press. (RELATED: Russia Comes To Defense Of Germany After Trump Slammed Merkel’s Dependence On Kremlin Energy)
The invitation was extended on behalf of Trump by the U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton on Thursday. The Kremlin will ultimately decide it they will accept, reports Associated Press.
Antonov alluded to discussion of possible referendum between Russia and eastern Ukraine when askedwhat the two world leaders talked about in Helsinki, but Trump has not released any details.
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