The Kremlin expressed hope that the meeting between the U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place, stating that Moscow did not receive a definite decision on this matter from Washington, reports the Interfax news agency.
“We know that Trump has spoken of his desire to meet, but unfortunately we can also state that, unfortunately, (the U.S .Secretary of State Mike) Pompeo did not bring any concrete proposals about organizing such a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka”, the Russian news agency Interfax quoted Kremlin spokesperson’s, Dmitry Peskov as saying.
Earlier, this week Pompeo met with Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The state secretary said that the United States and Russia "have common interests, and there are areas in which both our countries can cooperate."
“Because of this, President Trump asked me to come to you with this message so we can talk about other ideas and projects. We can cooperate on issues related to North Korea, Afghanistan and other issues. We can talk about a strategic dialogue,” said Pompeo, addressing the Russian president.
In addition, during his talks with Lavrov, the U.S. Secretary of State warned the Russian foreign minister that Washington would not tolerate Moscow’s interference in the U.S .presidential elections in 2020. According to Pompeo, this can seriously damage the already tense relations between the United States and Russia.