Putin Ready to Meet Trump 'at Any Moment'
Russia 'prepared to do its bit' toward normalizing relations
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 13, 2016 12:10 AM CST
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with members of the Russian WorldSkills team at the Kremlin in Moscow on Friday.   (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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(Newser) – Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's prepared to meet President-elect Donald Trump at any time. When asked by journalists about the possibility of arranging a meeting with Trump, Putin said, "We are ready at any moment. There are no problems from our side," according to an interview transcript released by the Kremlin on Tuesday. Putin said that "it's widely known that the elected president of the United States has publicly called for the normalization of the Russian-American relationship. We cannot but support this."

Putin added that "we understand it will not be a simple task considering the extent of degradation of the Russian-American relationship. But we are prepared to do our bit," the AP reports. Putin said, however, that a meeting between the two leaders was more likely after Trump's January inauguration. His remarks came amid controversy over alleged Russian interference in the US election—and over the close ties to Moscow that Rex Tillerson, Trump's secretary of state pick, enjoys.

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