Putin 'open' to meeting with Obama

  • 16/09/2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin is "open to dialogue" and to meeting with his US counterpart Barack Obama when he visits the UN headquarters later this month, a Kremlin spokesman says.

"President Putin is always open to dialogue, especially with his colleague President Obama," Dmitri Peskov said on Tuesday (local time), adding that no such meeting had yet been agreed.

"There is a will (for dialogue) on Russia's part and this will remains."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama and Putin might meet in New York, though he could not confirm any actual plans.

"Certainly, there is the possibility that the two leaders could meet while they're there because they are likely to be there at the same time," he said.

Obama and Putin last met in November 2014 at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing.

The Ukraine conflict that erupted last year has led to the worst stand-off in Western-Russian relations since the Cold War.

Putin is due to arrive in New York on September 28 to address the UN General Assembly.