TASS reported on September 29th that President Trump has been officially invited to visit Russia. This invitation was revealed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a news conference after his participation in high level debates at the General Assembly of the United Nations.
“President [of Russia Vladimir] Putin has received an invitation from President Trump [to visit the United States]. President Trump has received an invitation to visit Russia as well,” he told a news conference after his participation in the high-level debates at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
“When everyone is ready and when possible dates are suggested, we will be able to decide,” he said.
Earlier, when asked by TASS on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Trump said he was looking forward another meeting with the Russia leader but no date has been appointed so far.
This follows up from the historic July 16th meeting the two leaders had in Helsinki, Finland. Despite getting savaged by the American and European press, President Trump insisted that the talks were productive and expressed openness to visiting Russia if President Putin invited him to come. A news article dated July 27th went into that in more detail:
Putin said in South Africa earlier in the day (July 27th, 2018) that he has already talked with Trump about a visit to Russia, although it did not appear that the Russian government has gone through the official protocols involved with following up.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump is open to receiving the official invitation and that Trump “looks forward” to a Putin visit to the United States sometime next year.
Sanders made no mention of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Earlier, the White House said Trump would postpone his invitation for Putin to visit until next year because it believed Mueller’s “witch hunt” would be over by then.
Sanders’ statement suggested that the administration is now open to a Putin visit irrespective of whether Mueller’s investigation is completed or not.
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. There’s also no indication about when Mueller’s work might be complete.
Trump and Putin may meet on the sidelines of an international conference at some point, the Russian government had said, but the upshot of Friday’s back-and-forth was that both leaders want another bilateral summit as well at some point.
At this point there is no further information about this other than Mr. Lavrov’s acknowledgement that President Trump also invited President Putin to come to Washington for a visit. What is evident is that the two leaders continue to communicate with one another, albeit somewhat quietly, while the large aggregate of globalist-aligned nations continues to berate and criticize the American president’s statements and policy decisions.