Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday he wants to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump over the concerns of a new arms race and supports another suggestion by Trump to return to the G8.
Putin’s comments come as Trump’s relations erode with key allies, including lashing out Saturday at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who expressed opposition to Trump’s trade policies at the conclusion of the summit in Canada.
Trump and Putin are in an opposite situation.
“I agree with him, and to have a meaningful discussion, our ministries of foreign affairs and experts should get involved and work closely together, and of course a meeting in person is necessary,” Putin said to reporters at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Qingdao, China.
In April, the White House confirmed the two leaders spoke in a phone call about meeting at the White House “in the ‘not-too-distant-future.’