Kremlin: Putin to congratulate Trump soon, but summit needs preparing
Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet US President Donald Trump, but preparations for the possible meeting may take months, not weeks, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Saturday, the day after Trump’s inauguration. The congratulatory call was a “diplomatic necessity,” he said.
As to as to a meeting, “This will not be in coming weeks, let's hope for the best – that the meeting will happen in the coming months.”
Peskov added that it would be "a big mistake" to think that Russia-US relations will be "free of contradictions and disputes," during a Trump presidency.
He also said Putin would initiate a conversation on lifting US sanctions on Moscow. Nuclear disarmament was a good idea in concept, but, he said: “symmetrical reductions are absolutely inadmissible and meaningless” because of the difference between US and Russian stockpiles.