Putin: ‘The ball is in America’s court’
Russian President Vladimir Putin made a new personal appeal to President Trump for a bilateral summit meeting and improved ties between Russia and the United States.
Putin told a state TV interviewer that it was time for Trump to keep his campaign promise of promoting a friendlier relationship between the two countries. The interview was recorded Thursday — before Trump’s call for Russia to be readmitted to the Group of Seven countries — and published Saturday.
“A lot of things deserve to be criticized” in Trump’s actions, Putin said. “But there’s one circumstance that I’ve mentioned previously: Trump keeps the promises that he made in his campaign.”
He went on: “One of those promises was to improve Russian-American relations. I hope that this also takes place. At any rate, we are ready for this. I believe that the ball is in America’s court.”
The interview highlights Putin’s effort to continue to show deference to Trump even as U.S.-Russia relations plumb new depths.
Putin has been referring to the U.S. president as “Donald” in public appearances and praising his acumen.