In his remarks Friday in South Africa at a summit for leaders of developing nations, Putin said the high-level dialogue between Moscow and Washington was continuing in spite of the harsh reaction to Mr. Trump's Helsinki performance in the U.S.
Trump had initially invited Putin to Washington this fall for a follow-up meeting to their Helsinki summit, but Trump national security adviser John Bolton changed the timeline this week, saying Trump now believes it should take place "after the Russian Federation witch hunt is over" and "after the first of the year".
One day after the summit, the Russian Defense Ministry said it was "ready" to enact the "international security" measures discussed in the meeting. I am ready for that.
Vladimir Putin and billionaire Mr Trump met in the Finnish capital Helsinki for a historic diplomatic summit earlier this month.
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"We are ready to invite President Trump to Moscow", Putin said, according to the state news agency RIA-Novosti. A CNN report said his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen planned to tell Mueller that Trump did know of the meeting. "We are ready for such meetings".
There, Trump was widely criticized for appearing to back Putin's denial that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA election - statements Trump subsequently walked back.
You can see in pictures of Putin and Trump that the ball bore a logo for a near-field communication tag.
It hasn't been clear whether Trump's earlier announcement, that he wanted to postpone an invitation to Putin, was due to wariness by the Kremlin about agreeing to the trip or some other reason. Among the issues Putin said he's eager to talk about are nuclear arms control, conflicts in the Middle East, and the Iran nuclear deal. "Be my guest. He has such an invitation, I told him that", Mr Putin said while speaking at the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) economic summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
"I am ready to go to Washington".
Mr Putin did not detail what "conditions" would have to be met.