US In­vites Rus­sia Pres­i­dent Putin With Ukraine Han­dle

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The White House has for­mally in­vited Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin to Wash­ing­ton, US Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor John Bolton said on Oc­to­ber 26th, re­turn­ing to an idea that was put on hold in July amid anger in the US over the prospect of such a sum­mit. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump held a sum­mit with Putin in Helsinki, the Fin­nish cap­i­tal, and then is­sued Putin an in­vi­ta­tion to visit Wash­ing­ton in the au­tumn. But that was post­poned af­ter Trump was ac­cused of cozy­ing up to the Krem­lin.

“We have in­vited Pres­i­dent Putin to Wash­ing­ton,” Bolton said at a news con­fer­ence dur­ing a visit to ex-Soviet Ge­or­gia. It was not im­me­di­ately clear if Putin had ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion, which is for next year. Bolton, in a sep­a­rate in­ter­view with Reuters, strongly crit­i­cized Rus­sian for­eign pol­icy, say­ing Moscow’s be­hav­ior on the world stage was one of the rea­sons for Wash­ing­ton im­pos­ing sanc­tions on Rus­sia.

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