Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he had invited U.S. leader Donald Trump to visit Moscow and was ready to travel to Washington for a new summit, as he praised their “useful” meetings.

Mr. Putin said he and Mr. Trump also planned to meet on the sidelines of a G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires starting late November.

“I am ready to go to Washington,” Mr. Putin told reporters after a summit of the leaders of the BRICS group in Johannesburg.

“He [Trump] has a desire to conduct meetings in the future and I am ready,” he said, stressing however that conditions should be in place for such events to go ahead.

The White House responded with a statement saying, “President Trump looks forward to having President Putin to Washington after the first of the year, and he is open to visiting Moscow upon receiving a formal invitation.”

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