Putin Says He’s Ready to Meet Trump in Finland

Russian President said he’s willing to meet his U.S. counterpart

The meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is one of the most debated issues on the international scene. Ever since Trump’s election as U.S. President in November last year, the media have been talking about the meeting between the two leaders.

Once again, Russian President Vladimir Putin was forced to address the matter during an interview with CNBC, while the Putin attended Arctic forum in Arkhangelsk.

While Putin expressed willingness to meet his U.S. colleague before July’s G20 summit, in Germany, he said that his counterpart must demonstrate an intent to cooperate.

“We have a lot of things to discuss in the economy, security and regional conflicts. We’re ready for discussions and talks, but the other side should demonstrate and manifest their goodwill and readiness for constructive cooperation and work.”

Said Putin.

CNBC’S Geoff Cutmore further pressed the issue by asking Finnish President Sauli Niinistö to act as a matchmaker. Niinistö said he would be ‘very pleased’ to host the Russian and U.S. President in Finland.

When the same journalist asked Putin for a reaction, the Russian President said ”Helsinki would be an appropriate venue for organizing such events.”

“If it happens, we would be glad to participate, and I would be glad to attend.” He added.

Among other current issues – such as Ukraine – Putin was once again forced to respond to the allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Usually known for his cool stance, Putin took off his translation earpiece and said (in Russian) “Once Reagan, discussing taxes, addressed Americans, saying ‘Read my lips – (switching to English) No!’”

The matter of Trump/Putin meeting is perhaps the best indicator of the power of mainstream media to shape public opinion.

Source: Russia Today

Photograph: Reuters